Spread of the Black Death in Europe 1347 1350

Black Death Europe 1347

Historical Aside on the Black Death and Plague in the 20th Century The fascination with the Black Death, the catastrophic plague pandemic that swept through Europe in the mid-14th century, has not abated with the passage of time. Albert Camus' The Plague, published in 1947, is one example, in a modern context. In the many accounts of the Black Death over the centuries, whether factual or romanticised, a vision has been conjured up of horrific carnage, wild debauchery, unbelievable acts of...

Background and Experimental Results

Bacteria Pattern Formation

There is an obvious case for studying bacteria. For example, bacteria are responsible for a large number of diseases and they are responsible for most of the recycling that takes place. Their use in other areas is clearly going to increase as our understanding of their complex biology becomes clearer. Here we are interested in how a global pattern in bacterial populations can arise from local interactions. Under a variety of experimental conditions numerous strains of bacteria aggregate to form...