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 living 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 !
Geometry and dynamics link form, function and evolution of finch beaks. S. al-Mosleh, G.P.T. Choi, A. Abzhanov and L. Mahadevan. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (118) 46, e2105957118, 2021.
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Instabilities and patterns in a submerged jelling jet. A. Chakrabarti, S. Al-Mosleh, and L. Mahadevan. Soft Matter, 2021,17, 9745. [PDF]
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Totimorphic assemblies from neutrally stable units. G. Chaudhary, S. Ganga Prasath, E. Soucy, and L. Mahadevan. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (118) 42, e2107003118, 2021.
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Compact reconfigurable kirigami.
G.P. T. Choi , L.H. Dudte, and L. Mahadevan. Phys. Rev. Res.3, 043030, 2021.
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The cusp of the apple.
A. Chakrabarti, T.C.T. Michaels, E. Sun, S. Yin and  L. Mahadevan, Nature Physics, 17, 1125-29, 2021.
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Genetic architecture of floral traits in bee- and hummingbird-pollinated sister species of Aquilegia (columbine). M.B. Edwards, G. P. T. Choi, N. J. Derieg, Y. Min, A. C. Diana, S. A. Hodges, L. Mahadevan, E. M. Kramer, and E. S. Ballerini,  Evolution, 75 (9): 2197–2216, 2021. [PDF]
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Wallpaper group kirigami. L. Liu, G. P. T. Choi, and L. Mahadevan, Proc. R. Soc. A, 477, 20210161, 2021. [PDF]
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Feedback control of protein aggregation. A. J. Dear, T.C. T. Michaels, T. P. J. Knowles, and L. Mahadevan, J. Chem. Phys. 155, 064102 (2021) [PDF]
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Book Review Think Before You Compute: A Prelude to Computational Fluid Dynamics, E. J. Hinch, in  Physics Today, July 2021. [PDF]

An additive algorithm for origami design. L.H. Dudte, G. P. T. Choi, and L. Mahadevan, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (118)  21, e2019241118, 2021. [PDF]
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