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Mathematics Colloquium


Date:  Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Title:  Ziwet Lecture I: How Does the Zebra get its Stripes?

Abstract:  Pattern formation is a striking feature of nature, for example the exquisite patterns on a butterfly wing, the bones in a limb, the stripes on a zebra. Despite decades of research, the mechanisms by which these patterns arise are still not fully understood. The most famous mathematical model for this phenomenon is the reaction diffusion system proposed by Alan Turing in 1952. In this general talk, I will describe his model, outline its predictions, and critique it through several biological examples.

Speaker:  Philip Maini
Institution:  University of Oxford


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