Uses and Abuses of Mathematics in Biology

@article{May2004UsesAA,
  title={Uses and Abuses of Mathematics in Biology},
  author={Robert M. May},
  journal={Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={303},
  pages={790 - 793}
}
  • R. May
  • Published 6 February 2004
  • Biology
  • Science
In the physical sciences, mathematical theory and experimental investigation have always marched together. Mathematics has been less intrusive in the life sciences, possibly because they have until recently been largely descriptive, lacking the invariance principles and fundamental natural constants of physics. Increasingly in recent decades, however, mathematics has become pervasive in biology, taking many different forms: statistics in experimental design; pattern seeking in bioinformatics… 
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