Morphogenesis: Geometry, Physics and Biology
L. MahadevanThe diversity of living form led Darwin to exclaim that "it is enough to drive the sanest man mad". 150 years later, how far have we come in quantifying this variety? Motivated by biological observations of tissue organization in plants and animals, I will show how a combination of biological and physical experiments, mathematical models and computations allow us to begin unraveling the physical basis for morphogenesis in the context of examples such as leaves and flowers, as well as guts and brains. I will show how these pan-disciplinary problems enrich their roots, creating new questions in mathematics, physics and biology.