L. Mahadevan Develops Mathematical Techniques for Designing Shape-Shifting Shells

October 16, 2017

Nature uses a set of simple growth rules to make complex shapes in nature and human faces. Building on previous research to explain naturally morphing structures, L. Mahadevan sought to unlock those rules and reverse engineer nature's ability to grow an infinitely diverse array of shapes. The study, in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), demonstrates a technique to grow any target shape from any starting shape.  The PNAS article also includes three videos from the study. Listen to story on NSF Science 360 Radio.

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