Contextual models and the non-Newtonian paradigm

Kitto, Kirsty & Kortschak, R. Daniel (2013) Contextual models and the non-Newtonian paradigm. Progress in Biophysics & Molecular Biology.

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Biological systems exhibit a wide range of contextual effects, and this often makes it difficult to construct valid mathematical models of their behaviour. In particular, mathematical paradigms built upon the successes of Newtonian physics make assumptions about the nature of biological systems that are unlikely to hold true. After discussing two of the key assumptions underlying the Newtonian paradigm, we discuss two key aspects of the formalism that extended it, Quantum Theory (QT). We draw attention to the similarities between biological and quantum systems, motivating the development of a similar formalism that can be applied to the modelling of biological processes.

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ID Code: 59444
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Funders: ARC
Keywords: contextuality , non-separability, biological models
DOI: 10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2013.03.011
ISSN: 0079-6107
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > APPLIED MATHEMATICS (010200) > Biological Mathematics (010202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Simulation and Modelling (080110)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2013 22:47
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2014 02:16

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