Current Themes in Theoretical Biology: A Dutch Perspective

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Thomas A.C. Reydon, Lia Hemerik
Springer Science & Business Media, 18.02.2005 - 310 Seiten
The present volume originated in 2001 when we, together with our publishing editors at (then) Kluwer Academic Publishers, realized that the th following year the 50 volume of our journal Acta Biotheoretica would see the light. We felt that this milestone should not pass unnoticed and that the appropriate way to mark it would be the publication of a special volume of papers on theoretical biology. While editing this book during 2003 and early 2004, we realized that another milestone was not far off: in 2005 it will be 70 years ago that the journal was founded. We hope that the book lying before you will serve well to mark both events. The papers collected here have been written on invitation by representatives of the theoretical biology community in The Netherlands. They are intended to reflect the entire spectrum of topics on which Acta Biotheoretica publishes, ranging from philosophy of biology on one end to mathematical biology on the other. All chapters (except our own introductory one) have been peer reviewed according to the standards that are maintained with respect to regular submissions to Acta Biotheoretica.
 

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The History of Acta Biotheoretica and the Nature of Theoretical Biology
1
From Public Debates to Biology and Back and Forth
9
The Functional Perspective of Organismal Biology
33
Curse or Blessing? Reflections on Biology in Other Disciplines with a Case Study of Migraine
71
A Rigorous Basis for Cladistic Practice
95
An Essay on Contingency versus Inevitability of Phylogenetic Development
129
The Symbiontic Nature of Metabolic Evolution
159
The Founder and Alice Effects in the Patch Occupancy Metapopulation Model
203
Lumping Experimental Data for Model Selection
233
Population Models
267
Metabolic Plasticity Matters
281
List of Contributors
305
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