Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Life's Other Secret: The New Mathematics Of The Living World” as Want to Read:
Life's Other Secret: The New Mathematics Of The Living World
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Life's Other Secret: The New Mathematics Of The Living World

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Is there an underlying set of principles that connects the pattern of a tiger's stripes with the design of a butterfly's wings? Are there hidden laws of life that lie deeper than DNA?

According to award-winning science writer Ian Stewart, the answer is yes, and the hidden rules are called mathematics. In Life's Other Secret, Stewart exploits a realm of pattern and beauty th

...more
Published (first published January 5th 1998)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Life's Other Secret, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Life's Other Secret

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jennifer
Mar 17, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
Currently re-reading this book for my book club. Loved it the first time.
Karel Baloun
Jan 14, 2014 Karel Baloun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A broad introduction to mathematical approaches in biology, including complexity theory nonlinear dynamics cellular automaton and neural networks.

"When finally the human race manages to develop a unified theory of the deep mathematical laws behind growth and form. Life's other secret."
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Feb 27, 2016 ♥ Ibrahim ♥ rated it it was amazing
I love the way he writes. It is so easy to understand. Even a ten year old child is going to enjoy a fun book like this. Adults, too, will enjoy how he interestingly puts mathematics and biology together. I plan on reading every book of Ian Stewart because of everything I have been reading so far.
Emily
Aug 20, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: epq
Brilliant as an introduction of how mathematics underpins biology. It challenges the idea that genes & DNA are the be-all and end-all of life, showing how influential maths is in a variety of areas. Stewart, as ever, writes in a way that is accessible to all regardless of mathematical ability.
Jrobertus
like the classic d'arcy thompson book, this tries to give a mathematical basis to many biological phenomena. his discussion of 'emergent' properties is very thought provoking and important.
John
Jul 09, 2012 John rated it liked it


Was hard going, but worthwhile
Massimo Morelli
Massimo Morelli rated it really liked it
Sep 26, 2016
BookDB
BookDB marked it as to-read
Sep 16, 2016
Klaas Sikkema
Klaas Sikkema marked it as to-read
Sep 10, 2016
Reynaldo De
Reynaldo De marked it as to-read
Aug 31, 2016
Prashanth Jnanendra
Prashanth Jnanendra marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2016
Carl
Carl marked it as to-read
Jun 17, 2016
Greta
Greta rated it it was amazing
May 31, 2016
Candace M Ellison
Candace M Ellison marked it as to-read
May 14, 2016
Kody
Kody marked it as to-read
Feb 20, 2016
Ruoyi Wu
Ruoyi Wu marked it as to-read
Feb 16, 2016
A.soorianarayanan
A.soorianarayanan marked it as to-read
Feb 09, 2016
Daavid
Daavid marked it as to-read
Mar 21, 2016
Lauren
Lauren marked it as to-read
Jan 16, 2016
Peter Reiter
Peter Reiter marked it as to-read
Jan 14, 2016
Mark
Mark marked it as to-read
Jan 07, 2016
Yang
Yang rated it liked it
Dec 30, 2015
Gennady Polonetsky
Gennady Polonetsky marked it as to-read
Nov 28, 2015
Katie
Katie marked it as to-read
Nov 24, 2015
JA
JA rated it it was ok
Nov 03, 2015
Mariam
Mariam marked it as to-read
Jan 26, 2016
Kenny
Kenny marked it as to-read
Nov 01, 2015
Dsgalvao
Dsgalvao marked it as to-read
Nov 01, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
10336
Ian Stewart is an Emeritus Professor and Digital Media Fellow in the Mathematics Department at Warwick University, with special responsibility for public awareness of mathematics and science. He is best known for his popular science writing on mathematical themes.
--from the author's website

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See other authors wit
...more
More about Ian Stewart...

Share This Book