Models and Analogues in Biology

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PREFACE

A symposium of this title could well have been held in Ancient Greece, but it would then have had the assistance of a philosopher: this it was denied through the indisposition of Professor K. R. Popper, who had hoped to contribute. It could have been held in 1900, but again, the particular subject of anatomical homologue and analogue which might have dominated it then, is not now included. The contributors certainly represent a very much wider cross-section of every field of science than has been the case with any previous volume in this series; if it appeared from the programme of the Conference that the titles of contributions bore little relation to one another, the Conference itself certainly concluded with an appreciation of the diversity of approaches which can be made towards a fundamental feature of science, which is particularly critical to the present state of biology. It is consequently hoped that this volume may serve two purposes: to attract the attention of scientists of all disciplines to the problems which are central in biological investigation and communication and to indicate to biologists the forms of approach made to analogous problems in other sciences; to provide a variety of pathways, one of which may lead the student towards these problems of thought, language and biology.

The Conference was held in Queen's Building, University of Bristol from 6 to 12 September, and owed much to many members of that University for their hospitality; Dr R. B. Clark undertook the arduous duties of Local Secretary. Professor T. Weis-Fogh flew from Copenhagen at extremely short notice to deliver Professor Bohr's Paper.

I am much indebted to contributors and colleagues for their suggestions during the planning of the Symposium, and must particularly acknowledge the help of Professor C. F. A. Pantin and Dr K. E. Machin. Finally, it is a pleasure to record the help and co-operation of the Cambridge University Press in the preparation of the volume.

J. W. L. BEAMENT

Editor of the fourteenth Symposium of the Society for Experimental Biology

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Quantum Physics and Biology† 1
  • Models in Genetics 6
  • Kinetic Models of Development And Heredity 13
  • Tissues in Culture and in the Body 28
  • References 40
  • Models of Muscle 41
  • References 66
  • Mechanical Models in Zoology 69
  • Conclusions 82
  • Physical Models in Biology 83
  • Estimation of Values Of Parameters of a Model to Conform With Observations 102
  • Summary 120
  • Applications of Theoretical Models to the Study of Flight- Behaviour in Locusts and Birds 122
  • References 138
  • Electrical Analogues in Biology 140
  • Computers and the Nervous System 152
  • References 168
  • Models in Cybernetics 169
  • References 190
  • Modelling of Large-Scale Nervous Activity 192
  • Conclusions 197
  • Energy Models of Motivation 199
  • Summary 212
  • The Use of Models in the Teaching Of Embryology 214
  • School Biology as An Educational Model 230
  • Conclusion 241
  • The Problem of Communication In Biological Teaching 243
  • Acknowledge Ments 248
  • A Review of the Symposium: Models and Analogues in Biology 250
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