Catastrophe Theory in Biology

  • P. T. Saunders
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Biomathematics book series (LNBM, volume 57)


In view of the long and fruitful partnership between mathematics and physics, it was only natural that the first applications of mathematics in biology should take theoretical physics as a model. Indeed, Lotka (1924) entitled his pioneering work Elements of Physical (not, as in the 1956 reprint, Mathematical) Biology, claiming as his intention the ‘application of physical principles and methods in the contemplation of biological systems’.


Folic Acid Dictyostelium Discoideum Catastrophe Theory Folic Acid Concentration Cusp Catastrophe 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. T. Saunders
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  1. 1.Department of Mathematics, Queen Elizabeth CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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