Mathematical Modeling in the Life Sciences

Open Universiteit, Heerlen, The Netherlands. Ellis Horwood, London. ISBN 0-13-562018-X (pp 490).

This introductory text draws together mathematics,biology, statistics, philosophy, and the use of computers, to help students of the life sciences to apply mathematical methods in the solution of problems in biological and related sciences.

Adopting an applications-orientated approach and emphasizing the need to understand the language of mathematics, the authors show how to formulate mathematical models of dynamic proceses, and how to study their behaviour analytically and numerically through the use of computers. The text is illustrated with mathematical applications ranging from enzyme kinetics to fishery biology, and from physiological control to ecology.

Readership: Undergraduates in biology, biochemestry, ecology, agriculture and other life sciences. Practicing life scientists wishing to improve their grasp of applying mathematics. Graduates in medicine. Undergraduates students in environmential science.

Paul Doucet teaches at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and is mostly interested in mathematical and methodological aspects of life sciences. Peter Sloep teaches at the Open Universiteit in Heerlen. His main research interests lie in teh methodological and philosophical areas of life sciences.