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The Mathematics of Life - by Ian Stewart (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 368

Genre: Science

Sub-Genre: History

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Basic Books

Age Range: Teen

Author: Ian Stewart

Language: English

Street Date: January 8, 2013
TCIN: 77263349
UPC: 9780465032402
Item Number (DPCI): 247-53-1782

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"Will this book do for biomathematics what Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time did for relativity and cosmology? Time will tell. Until then, the distinguished author's friendly, well-argued style should guarantee its popular success." --Times Higher Education Supplement(London)

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.

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