Mathematics is not a long-dead subject preserved in dusty tomes, in which all the questions have been solved and all the answers are listed at the back of the book. It is a vibrant, lively, ever-growing subject: Indeed, more new mathematics is being created today than ever before. Further, this new mathematics is not just ever-more-complicated answers to bigger and bigger sums. It lies on a far higher conceptual level. Mathematics is the study of patterns, regularities, rules, and their consequences -- the science of significant form -- and nowhere is form more significant than in biology.
from Life's Other Secret:
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