The morphology of vesicles of non-trivial topology and their morphological changes



Xavier Michalet1 & David Bensimon2



1 Laboratoire de Biophysique de l'ADN, Département des Biotechnologies, Institut Pasteur, 25, rue du Dr Roux, 75724 Paris cedex 15


2 Laboratoire de Physique Statistique, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 24, rue Lhomond, 75231 Paris cedex 5











This text has been presented for the 1997 "Science for Art" Prize, organized by the Louis Vuitton - Moët Hennessy (LVMH) company. The theme for this year was: "Genesis of Forms", as in 1996, but devoted to Mathematics, Physics and Earth Sciences.


We did not received the Prize (!), which was awarded to Rolf Landauer, but we received a "Vinci of Excellence". What this exactly means is still unclear to us, but the champagne was good, and it was actually a good occasion to summarize our work in an attractive way.








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