Numero – number

Numeracy is a basic life skill so fundamental that we get our first introduction to numbers before going to primary school. Yet, as the saying goes, biologists don’t do math. At least in this respect, clinical microbiologists and infectious disease physicians seem to fit the mould, their preoccupation being with the qualitative aspects of infection: the names of the disease causing agents (nouns) and their consequences (verbs). 

But scratch the surface and you find a discipline teeming with numeric detail from the most basic statistical tests used to appreciate the strength of potential connections, through quantitative assessments of biological burdens to the sophisticated analyses that underly the burgeoning discipline of bioinformatics. Chemistry and physics have long exploited the boundaries of computational mathematics. It seems that biology is the waking giant, stretching its limbs before really learning how to play with numbers


  1. Excellent article! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to your next article! Thanks!

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