Scale invariance in biology: coincidence or footprint of a universal mechanism?

@article{Gisiger2001ScaleII,
  title={Scale invariance in biology: coincidence or footprint of a universal mechanism?},
  author={T. Gisiger},
  journal={Biological Reviews},
  year={2001},
  volume={76}
}
  • T. Gisiger
  • Published 2001
  • Medicine
  • Biological Reviews
In this article, we present a self‐contained review of recent work on complex biological systems which exhibit no characteristic scale. This property can manifest itself with fractals (spatial scale invariance), flicker noise or 1/f‐noise where f denotes the frequency of a signal (temporal scale invariance) and power laws (scale invariance in the size and duration of events in the dynamics of the system). A hypothesis recently put forward to explain these scale‐free phenomomena is criticality… Expand
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