Biomathematical Models: Some Triumphs and Some Defeats

  • H. R. van der Vaart
Part of the Lecture Notes in Biomathematics book series (LNBM, volume 13)


Several authors in this volume give detailed discussions of contributions made by mathematical methods to biological discovery: e.g., theory of systems that are far from equilibrium; enzyme systems; feedback systems; computer simulation providing a glimpse of the whole after the parts have been analyzed; computer simulation helping to determine environmental policy; the vigorous development of neurophysiology after the Hodgkin-Huxley equations appeared on the scene. In view of all this one would think that the conclusion that mathematical methods can, indeed, contribute to biological discovery is safely entrenched, so that there is no need for any further discussion.


Biological Discovery Berkeley Symposium Competitive Exclusion Principle Vigorous Development Theoretical Population Biology 
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  • H. R. van der Vaart
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  1. 1.Department of StatisticsNorth Carolina State UniversityUSA

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