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Experimental and theoretical analysis have by now established the existence of self-organization, from the molecular (eg self-assembly) to the macroscopic level (eg chemical oscillations and pattern formation). There is increasing awareness that self-organization is likely to provide the key to understanding the marked polymorphism of matter in the mesoscopic and macroscopic levels as well as many phenomena in the life sciences such as evolutionary processes, the development of patterns and the principles underlying the brain function. This publication concentrates on phenomena observed in the life sciences that take place far from equilibrium. Also included are oscillating chemical reactions because they provide a well characterized paradigm for self-organization of direct relevance to biology. Furthermore, some specific ordering processes operating near chemical equilibrium, such as molecular recognition, are included in the essay because they are a prerequisite for the biological function.

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Authors: BIEBRICHER C K, Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen (DE);NICOLIS G, Service de Chimie Physique, Université Libre de Bruxelles (BE);SCHUSTER P, Institut für Molekulare Biotechnologie, Jena (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16546 EN (1995) 124pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the European Commission, Mrs Jane Coffey, DG XII-AG-6, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-4515-5
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