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ScienceAsia 35 (2009): 1-7 |doi: 10.2306/scienceasia1513-1874.2009.35.001

Modelling nature: A physicist′s viewpoint

Marc A. Dubois

ABSTRACT:     Recent progress in the life sciences, in the theory of complex systems, and in computers, allow a new approach to understanding and/or predicting nature, very much inspired by physics. Modelling natural objects has become possible. Moreover, because of man′s impact on the environment, it has also become a necessity. This note tries to convince researchers in the life sciences that modelling should not be frightening, and that it can be very useful.

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Service de Physique de l′Etat Condensé, CEA Saclay, Orme des Merisiers, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex, France

* Corresponding author, E-mail: mad@cea.fr