The Optimum Plant

  • Matthias Ruth
  • Bruce Hannon
Part of the Modeling Dynamic Systems book series (MDS)


Just describing or simulating the change in living organisms is not good enough. We all want ultimately to predict what these organisms would do under prescribed circumstances. Scientists interested in predictions first need a good description of the behavior of the living organism. Towards that end, they frequently find it advantageous to set up optimality hypotheses of the organism’s behavior and then compare the optimization results with results of experiments on the actual dynamics of the organism.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias Ruth
    • 1
  • Bruce Hannon
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Energy and Environmental Studies and the Department of GeographyBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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