Fractal Physiology

This volume delineates the use of fractal patterns and measures of fractal dimensions in describing and understanding general aspects of biology, particularly human physiology. After describing the ubiquitous nature of fractal phenomena, the authors give examples of the properties of fractals in space and time. Proceeding from mathematical definitions, they develop detailed practical methods for assessing the fractal characteristics of wave forms varying with time, tissue density variation, and surface irregularities. Most importantly, the authors show how fractal variation defines internal spatial or temporal correlations within the fractal system or object. Simple, recursively applied rules can give rise to complex biological structures by a variety of methods. This suggests that genetic rules govern the general structuring of an organism, while rules implied by interactions at the biochemical, cellular, and tissue levels govern ontogenic development and therefore play the major role in the growth of an organism. Chaos, or non-linear dynamics, is introduced as a stimulating way to examine biological behavior at the cellular and whole animal levels, even though proof of the chaotic nature of normal physiologic events is as yet meager. The later chapters give sets of examples of structural and behavioral fractal phenomena in nerve and muscle, in the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and in growth processes. Why molecular interactions and complex systems give rise to fractals is explored and related to the ideas of emergent properties of systems operating at high levels of complexity.

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Fractals Really Are Everywhere
Properties of Fractal Phenomena in Space and Time
SelfSimilar and SelfAffine Scaling
Fractal Measures of Heterogeneity and Correlation
Generating Fractals
A Fractal Time Sequence
Fractals in Nerve and Muscle
Works Cited

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James B. Bassingthwaighte, Center for Bioengineering, University of Washington. Larry S. Liebovitch, Center for Complex Systems, Florida Atlantic University. Bruce J. West, Department of Physics, University of North Texas.