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Hitting the Books: How calculus is helping unravel DNA's secrets

Andrew Tarantola
Hitting the Books: How calculus is helping unravel DNA's secrets

Calculus has provided humanity a window into the inner workings of the world around us since the fateful day Isaac Newton got conked by a falling apple. Heck, we probably wouldn't have discovered Neptune if not for calculus. In the excerpt from Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe below, author Steven Strogatz examines a novel application of calculus to the "soft" science of biology.