Notices of the American Mathematical Society
(First Paragraph) Charles Darwin's 1859 work On the Origin of the Species contained no equations. But that does not mean mathematics has no role to play in the science of life; in fact, the field of biomathematics is burgeoning and has been for several decades. Ian Stewart's new book does an admirable job of unfolding the mathematics undergirding so much of the research being carried out today in the many fields that comprise the subject of biology. Stewart sets the context by noting five great revolutions that have changed the way scientists think about life. These five revolutions are: (i) the microscope; (ii) classification; (iii) evolution; (iv) genetics, and (v) the structure of DNA. The sixth, Stewart says, is well on it's way. It is mathematics.
Original Publication Citation
Adam, J. (2011). Putting the X in biology: A review of The Mathematics of Life. Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 58(11), 1572-1578.
Adam, John, "Putting the X in Biology: A Review of the Mathematics of Life" (2011). Mathematics & Statistics Faculty Publications. 159.
First published in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Volume 58, Issue 11, published by the American Mathematical Society.
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