The Mathematics of Life

The Mathematics of Life

by Ian Stewart
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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