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Chaos in the Fractal Arteriolar Network

  • James B. Bassingthwaighte
Part of the Vascular Biomedicine book series (VB)

Abstract

There is no sure answer to such a philosophical question, but it is a way of phrasing the question of whether or not it might be beneficial to the overall system to have an arteriolar network that is fractal in structure and chaotic in behavior. Remembering that there is no such thing as proof that a model is a correct representation of the system, and that only disproof is possible, we can regard fractal models and chaotic dynamic behavior as potential models for the system, among other models. When are they good models? Why might it be advantageous to the system to be fractal or to have unpredictable behavior?

Keywords

Fractal Dimension Relative Dispersion Metabolic Requirement Recursion Rule Arteriolar Diameter 
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