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September 21, 1964

A Modern Algebra for Biologists

JAMA. 1964;189(12):964. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070120086040

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For medical and biological researchers who would like an interesting and easygoing introduction to certain branches of so-called modern mathematics which are just beginning to be applied to biology, this book is very highly recommended. There are no specific mathematical prerequisites, although one might say that the level of presentation requires mathematical preparation corresponding to, say, the first two years of collegiate mathematics.

The topics covered are drawn mainly from set theory, graph theory, group theory, vector spaces and matrices. This book, however, has a determined orientation toward possible biological applications. It is based on a set of lectures delivered by Dr. Nahikian of the University of North Carolina, as visiting lecturer in the Division of Biological Sciences of the University of Chicago during the spring quarter of 1962. Apparently the course on which this book is based was intended as a mathematical introduction to the abstract relational biology expounded

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