A talk Suitable for students of mathematics, from high school to faculty and postdoctoral research
By Ian Stewart
Professor of Mathematics
University of Warwick, Coventry, England
What is life? Why is the world of living creatures so different from the inorganic world? The discovery of the first secret of life, the molecular structure of DNA, in the middle of this century, showed that Life is a form of chemistry - but chemistry unlike any that ever graced a test tube. Some secrets, however, lie deeper that the genetic code. It is the mathematical law of physics and chemistry that control the growing organism's response to its genetic instructions.
That is Life's OTHER Secret.
Its full understanding will come only when we combine the mathematical and physical sciences with biochemistry, genetics, and developmental biology. One of the most exciting growth areas of twenty-first century science will be biomathematics. The next century will withness an explosion of new mathematical concepts, of new kinds of mathematics, brought into being by the need to understand the patterns of the living world.
*Life's Other Secret : The New Mathematics of the Living World, Hardcover, 256 pages, Published by John Wiley & Sons, Publication date: January 1, 1998 ISBN: 0471158453, List: $24.95.