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A Biologist's Guide to Mathematical Modeling in Ecology and Evolution

Otto, Sarah P. And Troy Day
x 732 pages, indexed. Overseas customers please note the book is heavy and will attract additional postage. Apart from an nownership signature on the front paste down and front end paper, the book is immaculate. "Thirty years ago, biologists could get by with a rudimentary grasp of mathematics and modeling. Not so today. In seeking to answer fundamental questions about how biological systems function and change over time, the modern biologist is as likely to rely on sophisticated mathematical and computer-based models as traditional fieldwork. In this book, Sarah Otto and Troy Day provide biology students with the tools necessary to both interpret models and to build their own. The book starts at an elementary level of mathematical modeling, assuming that the reader has had high school mathematics and first-year calculus. Otto and Day then gradually build in depth and complexity, from classic models in ecology and evolution to more intricate class-structured and probabilistic models. The authors provide primers with instructive exercises to introduce readers to the more advanced subjects of linear algebra and probability theory. Through examples, they describe how models have been used to understand such topics as the spread of HIV, chaos, the age structure of a country, speciation, and extinction. Ecologists and evolutionary biologists today need enough mathematical training to be able to assess the power and limits of biological models and to develop theories and models themselves. This innovative book will be an indispensable guide to the world of mathematical models for the next generation of biologists" (Publisher)
Published 2007 Princeton University Press Princeton and Oxford
ISBN 97803691123448
Keywords Ecology Evolution Mathematical Modelling


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Near Fine N/A Pictorial Boards 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall
Good Reading Book Reference: 19308