Synopses & Reviews
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.
Synopsis
A wonderful and engaging introduction to the role of mathematics in life sciences, from cellular organization to the behavior and evolution of entire organisms
About the Author
Ian Stewart is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and active researcher at the University of Warwick. He is also a regular research visitor at the University of Houston, the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications in Minneapolis, and the Santa Fe institute. His writing has appeared in
New Scientist, Discover, Scientific American, and many newspapers in the U.K. and U.S.
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