Biology, Mathematics, and a Mathematical Biology Laboratory

  • Edward K. Yeargers
  • Ronald W. Shonkwiler
  • James V. Herod


Mathematics and biology have a synergistic relationship. Biology produces interesting problems, mathematics provides models to understand them, and biology returns to test the mathematical models. Recent advances in computer algebra systems have facilitated the manipulation of complicated mathematical systems. This has made it possible for scientists to focus on understanding mathematical biology, rather than on the formalities of obtaining solutions to equations.


Mathematical Biology Real System Lyme Disease Computer Algebra System Symbolic Form 
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References and Suggested Further Reading

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    The future of mathematical biology: “Mathematics and biology: The interface, challenges and opportunities,” A National Science Foundation workshop held at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Department of Energy, 1992.Google Scholar
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    The importance of mathematics in the life sciences: Louis J. Gross, “Quantitative training for life-science students,” Bioscience, vol. 44, No. 2, February, p. 59, 1994.Google Scholar
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    Modeling in biology: W. Daniel Hillis, “Why physicists like models and why biologists should,” Current Biology, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 79–81, 1993.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Applications of mathematical biology: Frank Hoppensteadt, “Getting Started in Mathematical Biology,” Notices of the AMS, vol. 42, no. 9, p. 969, 1995.MathSciNetzbMATHGoogle Scholar
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    DNA sequences: D. Kandel, Y. Matias, R. Unger, P. Winkler, “Shuffling biological sequences,” AT&T Bell Lab preprint, 600 Mountain Ave., Murray Hill, NJ 07974, 1995.Google Scholar
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    Biochemistry of nucleic acids: Albert Lehninger, Biochemistry, p. 935, Worth Publishers, New York, 1975.Google Scholar
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    Conquering Lyme disease: Frcd S. Kantor, “Disarming Lyme disease,” Scientific American 271, pp. 34–39, September 1994.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward K. Yeargers
    • 1
  • Ronald W. Shonkwiler
    • 2
  • James V. Herod
    • 2
  1. 1.School of BiologyGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.School of MathematicsGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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