Simen Kvaal: How the zebra got its stripes: Alan Turing and pattern formation in nature
CTCC seminar. Simen Kvaal from CTCC, UiO will give todays talk.
Joint seminar between Tromsø and Oslo. Oslo is host for todays seminar.
Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science, is best known for his WWII effort in cracking the Enigma machine of the Germans. A true polymath, he also dabbled in chemistry and biology. In his seminal 1952 paper "The chemical basis of morphogenesis" a hypothesis and a model for pattern formation in animal hides is described. This opened up a still very active research. The work is a breakthrough in no less than four scientific disciplines: computational physics, nonlinear analysis, chemistry, and biology.
The story of the man Alan Turing is also deeply fascinating, and tragic, story. In this (mostly) popular talk, we will describe Turing's life and the theory of morphogenesis and pattern formation.