Biological Networks and the origins Biological Scaling Laws

Venue: CTS, Husova 4, Praha 1, 3. patro
Lecturers: Brian J. Enquist
Scaling laws are ubiquitous in biology and apply at nearly all scales. A long standing question has been the origin of such scaling phenomena. Here I present an overview of a general theory for the origin of many biological scaling relationships. The theory hypothesizes that the geometry of vascular networks are primary in shaping the pace of life and flux of matter and energy at all biological scales. Discussion will also focus on application of these ideas to scaling principles in societies and social networks.