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

How organisms form a whole

Organization as closure of constraints

One characteristic feature of organisms is the interdependence between its heterogeneous parts. This can be analyzed as a form of closure or of autonomy. Whatever term is used, organisms are not independant of their milieu. With M. Mossio, we have proposed a framework to describe rigorously this circularity coupled with a strong relation with the milieu.

Montévil, Maël, and Matteo Mossio. 2015. Biological Organisation As Closure Of Constraints. Journal Of Theoretical Biology, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 372: 179 - 191. doi:

We also argued that this notion of organization should be used as a theoretical principle for organismal biology.

Mossio, Matteo, Maël Montévil, and Giuseppe Longo. 2016. Theoretical Principles For Biology: Organization. Progress In Biophysics And Molecular Biology, Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, , -. doi:10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2016.07.005.

Criticality, fractals and reductionism

In physics, the change of state of matter is the locus of a particular behvior where a system displays a remarkable coherence structure. We argue that this coherence structure has similarities with the one of organisms and built on this analogy by developing the concept of extended critical transitions. The latter notion opened another field of investigation by its account of variability.

Longo, Giuseppe, and Maël Montévil. 2011. From Physics To Biology By Extending Criticality And Symmetry Breakings. Progress In Biophysics And Molecular Biology, Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, 106: 340 - 347. doi:10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2011.03.005.

We used the mathematical analysis of critical phenomena to develop a critical insight on the relation between scales. This situation do not and cannot fit the usual reductionnist viewpoints. This analysis leads also to original insights on the coherence of organisms.

Longo, Giuseppe, Maël Montévil, and A Pocheville. 2012. From Bottom-Up Approaches To Levels Of Organization And Extended Critical Transitions. Frontiers In Physiology, Frontiers in Physiology, 3. doi:10.3389/fphys.2012.00232.