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The current quantity originated in 2001 after we, including our publishing editors at (then) Kluwer educational Publishers, learned that the th following yr the 50 quantity of our magazine Acta Biotheoretica might see the sunshine. We felt that this milestone are not go not noted and that the fitting solution to mark it might be the ebook of a unique quantity of papers on theoretical biology. whereas modifying this booklet in the course of 2003 and early 2004, we learned that one other milestone was once now not faraway: in 2005 will probably be 70 years in the past that the magazine was once based. we are hoping that the e-book mendacity sooner than you'll serve good to mark either occasions. The papers gathered right here were written on invitation by means of representatives of the theoretical biology group within the Netherlands. they're meant to mirror the total spectrum of subject matters on which Acta Biotheoretica publishes, starting from philosophy of biology on one finish to mathematical biology at the different. All chapters (except our personal introductory one) were peer reviewed in keeping with the criteria which are maintained with recognize to normal submissions to Acta Biotheoretica.

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