Algebra Adds Value to Mathematical Biology Education
Taken from ScienceDaily, the above headlines were clear (and welcome). Consider these quotes taken from the subsequent article:
And the "defense" rests once again, case closed....mathematics is useful!
- "As mathematics continues to become an increasingly important compoenent in undergraduate biology programs, a more comprehensive understanding of the use of algebraic models is needed by the next generation of biologists to facilitate new advances in the life sciences."
- "Future generations of biologists will routinely use mathematical and computational approaches to develop and frame hypotheses, design experiments, and analyze results."
- "Two types of mathematical models, in particular, have been successfully used in biology to reproduce network structure and dynamics: Continuous-time models derived from differential equations...(and) discrete-time algebraic models."
- "Creating algebraic models of biochemical networks requires only a modest mathematical background, which is usually provided in a college algebra course."
- "The exciting thing about algebraic models from an educational perspective is that they highlight aspects of modern-day biology...."
Source: ScienceDaily, August 3, 2009, which summarized an article in Science, July 31, 2009