Math of Planet Earth Public Lectures: L. Mahadevan

  • Date: 06/24/2012
L. Mahadevan (Harvard)

University of Toronto


Motility: molecules, mechanics, mathematics and machines




Life is almost synonymous with autonomous motion, and the varied solutions invented by nature to accomplish movement beg the question of what general principles are used ? Using examples from the dynamics of macromolecular spring and molecular motors in cells, water driven movements in plants, and the muscle driven movements in animals, I hope to show how understanding these special cases allow us to sharpen the general question while providing lessons for engineering biomimetic machines. I will close with a description of some recent experimental and theoretical studies of the collective dynamics of bristlebots; simple engineered robots that interact only sterically.

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Location: Medical Sciences Auditorium


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