The Mathematics of Life
"Will this book do for biomathematics what Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time did for relativity and cosmology? Time will tell. Until then, the distinguished author's friendly, well-argued style should guarantee its popular success." --Times Higher Education Supplement (London)
Biologists have long dismissed mathematics as being unable to meaningfully contribute to our understanding of living beings. Within the past ten years, however, mathematicians have proven that they hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of our world--and ourselves. In The Mathematics of Life, Ian Stewart provides a fascinating overview of the vital but little-recognized role mathematics has played in pulling back the curtain on the hidden complexities of the natural world--and how its contribution will be even more vital in the years ahead. In his characteristically clear and entertaining fashion, Stewart explains how mathematicians and biologists have come to work together on some of the most difficult scientific problems that the human race has ever tackled, including the nature and origin of life itself.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - amarcobio - LibraryThing
Topic is very interesting, and Ian Steward is good at explaining some complex mathematical concepts. However, I think some important developments in mathematical biology are completely missed (such as distribution of species in space or population genetics). Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BakuDreamer - LibraryThing
Pretty good, with some problems. Chapters 6 and 7 are best ( esp. 7 ) Uneven, tries to cover too much. Needs damn glossary like all these books. Read full review
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