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Vesper No. 2 | Author-Matter | Spring-Summer 2020



Irene Cazzaro

Matter Takes Shape. Intrinsic Forces and Stochastic Equilibria According to Alan Turing


Turing’s essay on morphogenesis (1952), of which here are reported – for the first time in Italian – the most useful paragraphs for a general understanding of the model he proposed, is a fundamental contribution on the relationship between matter and author: in fact, it examines chemical-biological processes in which form springs from the interaction between substances called “morphogens” that constitute matter itself, whose homogeneity is altered by disturbances naturally present in it or in the surrounding environment. It is therefore not necessary to presuppose a demiurge that gives it a form. The Turing model, born with the aim of demolishing the teleological argument, has in time assumed great importance not only in the natural sciences, but also in the humanities and in the generation of artifacts (see recent developments ranging from digital graphics to design and urban morphology), precisely because of its ability to describe and simulate processes based on the self-organization of matter.





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