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Biology of Fibrous Composites: Development beyond the Cell Membrane

Biology of Fibrous Composites: Development beyond the Cell Membrane

by Anthony Charles NevilleAnthony Charles Neville


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This book tackles a major unsolved problem in developmental biology—how does chemistry create architecture outside cells? The underlying hypothesis of this book is that the fibers are orientated by self-assembly just outside the cells during a mobile liquid crystalline phase prior to stabilization; the author demonstrates that the commonest orientations of the fibers are plywood laminates (orthogonal and helicoidal), and as parallel fibers. Finally, he shows that these may be imitated in the laboratory by liquid crystalline chemicals. Many fine photographs will aid the initiated in recognizing the various kinds of fibers.

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ISBN-13: 9780521410519
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/01/1993
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. Defining the subject; 2. The occurrence of fibrous composites; 3. Properties of natural plywoods; 4. Biomimickry: making liquid crystalline models of helicoids and other plywoods; 5. How is fibre orientation controlled?; 6. Unifying themes; References; Index.

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