The Mathematics of Life

The Mathematics of Life

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by Ian Stewart
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465022383

ISBN-13: 9780465022380

Pub. Date: 06/07/2011

Publisher: Basic Books


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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465022380
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1. Mathematics and Biology
2. Creatures Small and Smaller
3. Long List of Life
4. Florally Finding Fibonacci
5. The Origin of Species
6. In a Monastery Garden
7. The Molecule of Life
8. The Book of Life
9. Taxonomist, Taxonomist, Spare that Tree
10. Virus from the Fourth Dimension
11. Hidden Wiring
12. Knots and Folds
13. Spots and Stripes
14. Lizard Games
15. Networking Opportunities
16. The Paradox of the Plankton
17. What is Life?
18. Is Anybody Out There?
19. The Sixth Revolution

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The Mathematics of Life 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
PDHaney More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy reading about applications of mathematics, like I do, you will have a very hard time putting this book down. It is well written, scientifically and mathematically accurate, and very insightful. Ian Stewart basic theses for this book it that has been six revolutions in Biology: the microscope, systematic classification, evolution, discovery of genes, mapping of DNA, and MATHEMATICS. He describes the history of all of these revolutions by giving the history of how they were discovered and the following applications used by biologists. He also does a great job explaining what was meant by the original theories and how others have misused the findings for their own agenda. (He has a great insight on evolution and how "Survival of the Fittest" has hurt the theory of evolution). The last half of the book is the about the use of higher mathematics in biology: knot theory, topology, chaos, symmetry. Dr. Stewart did an outstanding job by not getting too technical in the math but also he did not provide a "Reader's Digest" explanation of the uses for these mathematical concepts. It was a good balance between a "Good Read" and a "Peer Reviewed Scientific Paper." I truly enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago