We use experiments, theory and computation to study motion and matter at the human scale.  Areas of interest include the patterns of shape and flow of inanimate matter in systems ranging from the supramolecular to the planetary, and the dynamics of sentient matter that can self-organize, perceive and act in systems ranging from the sub-cellular to the super-organismal. Via answers to specific questions,  we aim to get at general principles, if there be such, and get a qualitative understanding using quantitative methods – Soft Math !

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Geometric control of topological dynamics in a singing saw. Suraj Shankar, Petur Bryde and L. Mahadevan.  Proceedings of  the National Academy of  Sciences, Vol. 119 | No. 17 [PDF]
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Rectified random cell motility as a mechanism for embryo elongation. Ido Regev, Karine Guevorkian, Anupam Gupta, Olivier Pourquie and L. Mahadevan. Development (2022) 149, dev199423. [PDF]
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Combing a double helix. Thomas B. Plumb-Reyes, Nicholas Charles and L. Mahadevan. Soft Matter. 2022 18, 2767. [PDF]
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Thermoregulatory morphodynamics of honeybee swarm clusters. Jacob M. Peters, Orit Peleg and L. Mahadevan. Journal of Experimental Biology (2022) 225, jeb242234 [PDF]
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A buckling-sheet ring oscillator for electronics-free, multimodal locomotion. Won-Kyu Lee, Daniel J. Preston, Markus P. Nemitz1, Amit Nagarkar, Arthur K. MacKeith, Benjamin Gorissen, Nikolaos Vasios, Vanessa Sanchez2, Katia Bertoldi , L. Mahadevan , George M. Whitesides. Sci. Robot. 7, eabg5812 (2022). [PDF]
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Euclid’s Random Walk: Developmental Changes in the Use of Simulation for Geometric Reasoning. Yuval Hart, L. Mahadevan, Moira R. Dillon. Cognitive Science 46 (2022) e13070 [PDF]
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