An Invitation to Biomathematics / Edition 1

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Overview

Today, virtually any advance in the life sciences requires a sophisticated mathematical approach. The methods of mathematics and computer science have emerged as critical tools to modeling biological phenomena, understanding patterns, and making sense of large data sets, such as those generated by the human genome project. An Invitation to Biomathematics provides a comprehensive, yet easily digested entry into the diverse world of mathematical biology--the union of biology, mathematics, and computer science.

This textbook, expertly written by a team of experienced educators, is divided into two parts. The first section presents core principles as elucidated by classical problems such as population growth, predator-prey interactions, epidemic models, and population genetics, while the second applies these principles to modern biomedical research. In addition, the supplementary work Laboratory Manual of Biomathematics (available separately) is designed to enable hands-on exploration of model development, model validation, and model refinement.

* Provides a complete guide for development of quantification skills crucial for applying mathematical methods to biological problems.
* Includes well-known examples from across disciplines in the life sciences including modern biomedical research.
* Explains how to use data sets or dynamical processes to build mathematical models.
* Offers extensive illustrative materials.
* Written in clear and easy-to-follow language without assuming a background in math or biology.
* A laboratory manual is available for hands-on, computer-assisted projects based on material covered in the text.

This textbook is intended for use within courses in mathematical biology, as well as in general mathematics and biology courses that cover the application of math and statistics to biological problems. The reader is not expected to have any extensive background in either math or biology.

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“I was impressed with the excellent job done by the authors…particularly, how the biology is explained first and then the math necessary to solve the problem is developed.” --Phil Ryan, Truman State University

“I would strongly recommend publication. This book will show young biologists how their existing mathematical skills can be put to powerful use in modern biology.“ --Martin Steward, University of Manchester

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120887712
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 9/10/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Processes that Change with Time: Introduction to Dynamical Systems / 2. Complex Dynamics Emerging from Interacting Dynamical Systems / 3. Mathematics in Genetics / 4. Quantitative Genetics and Statistics / 5. Risk Analysis of Blood Glucose Data / 6. Predicting Septicemia in Neonates / 7. Cooperative Binding: How Your Blood Transports Oxygen / 8. Ligand Binding, Data Fitting, and Least-Squares Estimates of Model Parameters / 9. Endocrinology and Hormone Pulsatility / 10. Endocrine Network Modeling: Feedback Loops and Hormone Oscillations / 11. Detecting Rhythms in Confounded Data / 12. Using Microarrays to Study Gene Expression Patterns
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