Special Issue Fundamenta Informaticae
Fundamenta Informaticae joins the Alan Turing Centenary with a Special Issue: Watching the Daisies Grow: from biology to biomathematics and bioinformatics
In 1951 Alan Turing wrote a paper entitled The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis in which he developed the reaction‐diffusion theory, which became one of the basic models of theoretical biology and is also considered a foundation of chaos theory.
The story started much earlier, in spring 1923, as documented by his mother in a caricature called Hockey or Watching the Daisies Grow. Crucial motif in the drawing is that, while most players are engaged by the game, Turing is investigating a flower emerging just off the field.
In his Outline of the Development of a Daisy, Turing writes: “At a certain point in the development of the daisy the anatomical changes begin. From this point, as has been mentioned, it becomes hopelessly impracticable to follow the process mathematically….”