Mathematics for Biological Scientists

Mike Aitken, Bill Broadhurst, Stephen Hladky

Garland Science
Published December 22, 2009
Textbook - 482 Pages - 202 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9780815341369 - CAT# RU1369Z

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  • Worked examples illustrate how mathematical principles apply to biological problems.
  • Presenting your work section at the end of each chapter gives fully worked answers and shows effective way of presenting answers in examinations.
  • End of chapter questions presented at basic, intermediate and advanced levels help the reader learn and practice at an appropriate level. Readers are directed to these questions at certain points in the text to ensure they understand before moving on.
  • Answers are given at the back of the book to allow students to check their work.
  • Highlight boxes in the margins aid understanding of key terms and concepts.


Mathematics for Biological Scientists is a new undergraduate textbook which covers the mathematics necessary for biology students to understand, interpret and discuss biological questions.

The book's twelve chapters are organized into four themes. The first theme covers the basic concepts of mathematics in biology, discussing the mathematics used in biological quantities, processes and structures. The second theme, calculus, extends the language of mathematics to describe change. The third theme is probability and statistics, where the uncertainty and variation encountered in real biological data is described. The fourth theme is explored briefly in the final chapter of the book, which is to show how the 'tools' developed in the first few chapters are used within biology to develop models of biological processes.

Mathematics for Biological Scientists fully integrates mathematics and biology with the use of colour illustrations and photographs to provide an engaging and informative approach to the subject of mathematics and statistics within biological science.




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