How Soft Skin Wrinkles

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Science  18 Apr 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5618, pp. 441
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5618.441

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What controls the way in which a plastic sheet, an old apple, or human skin wrinkles? In their Perspective, Brochard-Wyart and de Gennes discuss the many forms of wrinkling that occur in nature. They highlight a paper by Cerda and Mahadevan (Physical Review Letters), who show how tension and interwrinkle distance are related in macroscopic as well as microscopic cases.