This textbook introduces differential equations, biological applications, and simulations and emphasizes molecular events (biochemistry and enzyme kinetics), excitable systems (neural signals), and small protein and genetic circuits. A Primer on Mathematical Models in Biology will appeal to readers because it:* Grew out of a course that the popular and highly respected applied mathematician Lee Segel taught at the Weizmann Institute and it represents his unique perspective.* Combines clear and useful mathematical methods with applications that illustrate the power of such tools.* Includes many exercises in reasoning, modeling, and simulations.
Lee A. Segel (1932-2005) was a Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, where he served as Chairman of Applied Mathematics, Dean of Mathematical Sciences and Chairman of the Scientific Council. He was an Ulam Scholar at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Santa Fe Institute, where he continued his work on complex adaptive systems. He served as editor or editorial board member of six journals. Leah Edelstein-Keshet is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Her book Mathematical Models in Biology was republished in SIAM's Classics in Applied Mathematics series.