Fractals, Intermittency and Morphogenesis

  • Bruce J. West
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 138)


Until recently, there were no satisfactory models to account for complex physiological structures or processes that do not have characteristic scales of length and/or time. The concept of fractal offers new insights into multiple scaled structures such as the bronchial and coronary tree, His-Purkinje system and chordae tendineae as well as into the broadband, inverse power-law spectra associated with normal electrophysiological dynamics. In a broader biological context the notion of a fractal distribution may have implications regarding error-tolerance and evolution. These ideas are discussed and some supporting mathematical analysis and data are presented.


Levy Process Date Palm Tree Conch Shell Levy Distribution Bronchial Diameter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce J. West
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  1. 1.Division of Applied Nonlinear ProblemsLa Jolla InstituteLa JollaUSA

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