Recent publications

Authors: M. Montévil; G. Longo; G. Frezza; D. Ceccarelli
Book Chapter, In Press
Authors: M. Montévil
Journal Article, 2018
Authors: M. Montévil; A. Pocheville
Journal Article, 2017
Authors: G. Longo; M. Montévil
Journal Article, 2017
Authors: M. Montévil
Journal Article, 2017

Maël Montévil's research page

Investigations in theoretical biology

Biological temporality

Proposing new structures for biological temporalities

During my Ph.D., I contributed to a framework for biological rhythms. The idea is to represent a specific kind of biological rhythms with a supplementary temporal dimension, a circle. This framework articulates several empirical aspects of these rhythms (allometry, development, and evolution). Last but not least, it can be used for medical diagnosis.

Bailly, F, Giuseppe Longo, and Maël Montévil. 2011. A 2-Dimensional Geometry For Biological Time. Progress In Biophysics And Molecular Biology, Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, 106: 474 - 484. doi:10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2011.02.001.

Another aspect of biological time is the elementary "memory" and "anticipation" that living organisms perform. We also proposed a framework for this aspect of biological temporality.

Longo, Giuseppe, and Maël Montévil. 2011. Protention And Retention In Biological Systems. Theory In Biosciences, Theory in Biosciences, 130. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg: 107-117.

A chapter in french recapitulates these two ideas.

Montévil, Maël. (01/2012AD) 2012. Géométrie Du Temps Biologique : Rythmes Et Protension. In Questions De Phrasé, edited by A bonnet, Nicolas, F, and Paul, T. Questions De Phrasé. ENS, Paris: Hermann.

Analysis of existing models

Recently, Jean Gayon and I worked on the notions of repetition and (ir)reversibility in models of population genetics. We emphasize the difference between being able to come back to a preceding state and the notion of time reversibility (T-symmetry). The latter is valid for classical mechanics but does not hold for the very classical models of population genetics that we analyzed.

Gayon, Jean, and Maël Montévil. 2017. Repetition And Reversibility In Evolution: Theoretical Population Genetics. In Time In Nature And The Nature Of Time, edited by C. Bouton and Huneman, P., 275-314. Time In Nature And The Nature Of Time. Cham: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-53725-2_13.