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Book Information:

Editors: A. Beuter, L. Glass, M. C. Mackey and M. S. Titcombe
Title: Nonlinear dynamics in physiology and medicine
Additional book information: edited by A. Beuter, L. Glass, M. C. Mackey and M. S. Titcombe, Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics, vol. 25, Springer-Verlag, New York, 2003, xxvi+434 pp., ISBN 0-387-00449-1, $69.95

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  • [2] Daniel Bernoulli (1766) Essai d'une nouvelle analyse de la mortalité causée par la petite Vérole, & des avantages de l'Inoculation pour la prévenir. Mémoires de Mathématique et de Physique, Académie Royale des Sciences. English translation entitled ``An attempt at a new analysis of the mortality caused by smallpox and of the advantages of inoculation to prevent it" in: L. Bradley, Smallpox Inoculation: An Eighteenth Century Mathematical Controversy, Adult Education Department, Nottingham, 1971, p. 21. An excellent mathematical discussion of the controversy is given by K. Dietz and J.A.P. Heesterbeek, (2002) Daniel Bernoulli's epidemiological model revisited, Mathematical Biosciences, 180, 1-21.
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  • [5] H. Helmholtz (1850) Note sur la vitesse de propagation de l'agent nerveux dans les nerfs rachidiens. C. R. Acad. Sci. (Paris), 30: 204-206. A fascinating discussion of the history of electrophysiology is given by M. Piccolino (1998) Animal electricity and the birth of electrophysiology: The legacy of Luigi Galvani, Brain Research Bulletin, 46: 381-407.
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  • [9] Christopher P. Fall, Eric S. Marland, John M. Wagner, and John J. Tyson (eds.), Computational cell biology, Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics, vol. 20, Springer-Verlag, New York, 2002. MR 1911592
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  • [11] Well, OK, I haven't got a proper reference for this quote (which Murray adapted from an Arab proverb), but he did say it. I promise. He even wrote it somewhere, as he will admit when pressed.
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  • [13] Anne Beuter, Leon Glass, Michael C. Mackey, and Michèle S. Titcombe (eds.), Nonlinear dynamics in physiology and medicine, Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics, vol. 25, Springer-Verlag, New York, 2003. MR 2018243
  • [14] The Springer Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics Series has published (or republished) some of the most important and best-known books in mathematical biology, including Mathematical Biology (Murray), Mathematical Physiology (Keener and Sneyd), The Geometry of Biological Time (Winfree), Diffusion and Ecological Problems (Okubo and Levin), Branching Processes in Biology (Kimmel and Axelrod), Computational Cell Biology (edited by Fall et al.) and Molecular Modeling and Simulation; An Interdisciplinary Guide (Schlick). An impressive line-up by any standard, and Springer is to be commended. My bias is obvious, but my point valid nonetheless.

Review Information:

Reviewer: James Sneyd
Affiliation: University of Auckland
Journal: Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 41 (2004), 559-564
Published electronically: June 17, 2004
Review copyright: © Copyright 2004 American Mathematical Society