BIOCALCULUS: CALCULUS, PROBABILITY, AND STATISTICS FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES shows college students how calculus relates to biology, with a style that maintains rigor without being overly formal. The ebook motivates and illustrates the topics of calculus with examples drawn from many areas of biology, including biomechanics, genetics, pharmacology, physiology, medicine, ecology, epidemiology, and evolution, to name a few. Particular attention has been paid to ensuring that all applications of the mathematics are genuine, and references to the primary biological literature for many of these has been provided so that college students and instructors can explore the applications in greater depth. Although the focus is on the interface between mathematics and the life sciences, the logical structure of the book is motivated by the mathematical material. College students will come away with a sound knowledge of maths, an understanding of the importance of math arguments, and a clear understanding of how these mathematical concepts and techniques are central in the life sciences.
About the Authors
The late Dr. James Stewart received his M.S. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He did research at the University of London and was influenced by the famous mathematician George Polya at Stanford University. Dr. James was most recently Professor of Mathematics at McMaster University, and his research field was harmonic analysis. James was the author of a best-selling calculus book series published by Cengage Learning, including CALCULUS, CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS, and CALCULUS: CONCEPTS AND CONTEXTS, as well as a series of precalculus texts.
Dr. Troy Day received his M.S. in biology from the University of British Columbia and his Ph.D. in mathematics from Queen’s University. His first academic position was at the University of Toronto, before being recruited back to Queen’s University as a Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Biology. He is currently a Professor of Mathematics and Statistics and a Professor of Biology. Troy’s research group works in areas ranging from applied mathematics to experimental biology. Troy Day is also coauthor of the widely used book A BIOLOGIST’S GUIDE TO MATHEMATICAL MODELING, published by Princeton University Press in 2007.