Colloquium: Criticality and dynamical scaling in living systems

  title={Colloquium: Criticality and dynamical scaling in living systems},
  author={Miguel Angel Mu{\~n}oz},
  journal={Reviews of Modern Physics},
  • M. A. Muñoz
  • Published 12 December 2017
  • Biology
  • Reviews of Modern Physics
Close to a transition between different phases a substance can show universal behavior that is independent of the microscopic details and is characterized by power law correlations and critical exponents. In this Colloquium the concepts of criticality and universality are discussed when applied to biological systems and suggest that in some cases these systems can extract functional advantages close to criticality. 

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