Biology by Numbers
An Encouragement to Quantitative Thinking
By (author) Richard F. Burton
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Biology by Numbers by Richard F. Burton
Book DescriptionBiologists are notoriously reticent about using mathematics. This textbook is both an introduction to quantitative biology and a guide for the number-shy. Richard Burton fosters a sense of the fundamental importance and usefulness of mathematical principles in biology, with a fascinating range of examples. The book is geared towards the non-mathematician, and covers the basics as well as various more advanced topics from many diverse biological disciplines. Questions and calculations encourage active participation without holding up the reader. A key feature is the structure of the book. Rather than building it around biological disciplines, Dr Burton emphasises the common ways of reasoning used in areas as diverse as insect and population growth, seed mortality and sensory response (to mention a few that use logarithms). Written primarily for beginning undergraduates, this enlightening text will also be an essential aid for students throughout their undergraduate and graduate years.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521576987
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard F. Burton
Biomedical Calculations, Paperback (August 2008)
"It is said if you take care of the pennies, the pounds will take care of themselves. Richard Burton's excellent book takes this approach to calculations applied to the biomedical sciences...This book is certainly interesting and engaging but it avoids being complicated.
Physiology by Numbers, Paperback (April 2000)
This book explains physiological concepts through the use of simple calculations and accessible language.
Biology by Numbers, Hardback (February 1998)» View all books by Richard F. Burton
A practical undergraduate textbook for maths-shy biology students showing how basic maths reveals important insights.
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