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Math and Data Exploration

CBE - Life Sciences Education Volume 9, Number 3, ISSN 1931-7913


Biology is well suited for mathematical description, from the perfect geometry of viruses, to equations that describe the flux of ions across cellular membranes, to computationally intensive models for protein folding. For this short Web review, however, the author focuses on how mathematics helps biologists sort, evaluate, and draw conclusions about their data. Just as computer technology has revolutionized lab work, computers have revolutionized data analysis, in particular with a host of graphically driven methods for sorting, evaluating, and comparing data. The highly technical, often automated, and computationally driven biology of today makes it important to keep students aware of the importance of understanding the underlying mathematics. (Contains 6 figures.)


Liu, D. (2010). Math and Data Exploration. CBE - Life Sciences Education, 9(3), 150-153. Retrieved November 21, 2019 from .

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