Quantitative Methods in Biological and Medical Sciences: A Historical Essay

Quantitative Methods in Biological and Medical Sciences: A Historical Essay

by H.O. Lancaster
     
 

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This wide-ranging volume surveys the immense impact that quantitative methods have had on the development of modern biological and medical science. Professor Lancaster begins with the contribution of the Ancient Greek philosophers and then traces the development of fundamental ideas from there to the present day. He shows how mathematics, principally through

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This wide-ranging volume surveys the immense impact that quantitative methods have had on the development of modern biological and medical science. Professor Lancaster begins with the contribution of the Ancient Greek philosophers and then traces the development of fundamental ideas from there to the present day. He shows how mathematics, principally through counting and measurement, and statistics have profoundly influenced the emergence of key ideas and theories. Since no background knowledge of biological anatomy, physiology or disease is required, this volume is essentially a self-contained account. As befits such a wide-ranging volume, amongst the topics covered are: epidemiology, the classification of disease, microbiology, genetics, clinical trials, death rates and life tables, and evolution. All those interested in these topics will find this an invaluable source of information and a remarkable synthesis of the long history of quantification in the biological (including medical) sciences.

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"..an intriguing, interesting, and innovative....readers with a historical bent...will treasure this volume as a veritable goldmine as they absorb its seemingly limitless nuggets...it is terse, compact, and (of necessity, selectively) comprehensive; the reference list alone is worth the price." Jnl of the Am Statistical Assoc.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461276241
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1994
Pages:
297
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.67(d)

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