By Thomas A.C. Reydon, Lia Hemerik
This publication originated as a Festschrift to mark the e-book of quantity 50 of the magazine `Acta Biotheoretica' in 2002 and the journal’s seventieth anniversary in 2005. In it, 11 formerly unpublished learn papers were accumulated that mirror the complete scope of themes on which `Acta Biotheoretica' publishes. `Acta Biotheoretica' is a magazine on theoretical biology, released through Kluwer educational Publishers, that has its roots within the Dutch culture of theoretical biology. From the point of view of this practice, theoretical biology is known as encompassing a large spectrum of disciplines starting from mathematical biology to philosophy of biology. to mirror the Dutch roots of the magazine, all papers were invited from authors that paintings within the Netherlands. This ebook is geared toward an viewers of theoretical and mathematical biologists, philosophers of biology and philosophers of technological know-how, and biologists ordinarily.
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The answers to questions of these kinds are design explanations. Design explanations compare real organisms with hypothetical organisms in which this trait is lacking or replaced by another one. For example, to study the utility of a large surface area in gills and lungs the real organisms are compared with hypothetical organisms in which these organs have a smaller surface area. The aim of the comparison is to explain how and why the trait to be explained is more useful than the alternatives.
Current Themes in Theoretical Biology: A Dutch Perspective by Thomas A.C. Reydon, Lia Hemerik