TitleIntroductory science and mathematics education for 21st-Century biologists.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsBialek, W, Botstein, D
JournalScience
Volume303
Issue5659
Pagination788-90
Date Published2004 Feb 6
KeywordsBiological Science Disciplines, Biomedical Research, Chemistry, Computational Biology, Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Communication, Mathematics, Physics, Software, Universities
Abstract

Galileo wrote that "the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics"; his quantitative approach to understanding the natural world arguably marks the beginning of modern science. Nearly 400 years later, the fragmented teaching of science in our universities still leaves biology outside the quantitative and mathematical culture that has come to define the physical sciences and engineering. This strikes us as particularly inopportune at a time when opportunities for quantitative thinking about biological systems are exploding. We propose that a way out of this dilemma is a unified introductory science curriculum that fully incorporates mathematics and quantitative thinking.

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