Mathematical models from laws of growth to tools for biologic analysis: fifty years of "Growth".

S. L. Zeger, S. D. Harlow

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Mathematical models of size and shape have played a prominent role in the first half century of Growth. In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the journal, this paper reviews the development of these models. An historical perspective is taken with a focus on the changing context in which mathematical models have been studied. Early models were thought to represent principles or laws of growth. Today, models are viewed as tools for biologic analysis. We trace this contextual shift through specific models developed and used in Growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalGrowth, Development and Aging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1987


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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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