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Part 1 Introduction (S. Muller and/or N.N.).- Cultural History.- The Arts.- Appearance in Nature.- Part 2. Mathematical Basis (A. Polezhaev, Moscow).- Part 3. Laboratory experiments.- Liesegang Structures (S. Dietrich, TU Berlin).- Chemical oscillations and spiral waves (M. Hauser, Uni Magdeburg).- Heterogeneous catalysis (H. Rotermund, Canada).- Stability issues and external control (O. Steinbock, University of Florida).-Part 4. Applications to Biology, Physiology, and Medicine.- Patterns in the slime mould (C. Weijer, University of Dundee, Scotland).- Calcium waves in biological cells (M. Falcke, Max-Delbruck-Centrum, Berlin).- Dynamics of the heart (A. Panfilov, University of Gent, Belgium).- Waves during epileptic seizures (G. Baier, University College London, U.K.).- Patterns in eyes and on tongues (N. Manz, Wooster-College, Wooster, Ohio, U.S.A.).- Part 5 Theoretical Considerations.- Kinematic approach

(V. Zykov, MPI Goettingen).- Reaction-Diffusion structures (M. Bar, PTB Berlin).- Other models, e.g. Cellular Automata (N.N.).- Part 6 Universality (N.N.)

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Stefan C. Muller is an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Magdeburg, Germany. After obtaining his doctoral degree at the University of Goettingen in 1978, he spent 3 years as postdoctoral researcher in the USA, first at MIT and then at Stanford University in California. He was subsequently a researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute in Dortmund until 1994, when he transferred his research to Magdeburg.

Kinko Tsuji is a physical chemist. She obtained her doctoral degree at the University of Tokyo in 1976. As a researcher she worked at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and at the Max-Planck-Institutes in Munich and in Dortmund. Since 1981 she has worked at the company Shimadzu Europa GmbH, developing applications of ultra high-speed cameras. Furthermore, she was active in the "Japan Business Council in Europe" in Brussels and served as a chairperson of the planning committee.

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