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Antony Barry tony@tony-barry.emu.id.au
Mon, 17 Feb 2003 13:36:39 +1100

On Monday, February 17, 2003, at 10:06 AM, James Pearce wrote:

> I understand biology and ecology. I don't understand physics. I don't 
> think
> this reflects different levels of complexity between the two, just the 
> way I
> think.

Physics is successful because it tackles simple problems with simple 
models. Biology is far, far more complex. A single cell is far more 
complicated than a star for instance.

A star has axial and almost spherical symmetry. There are only a dozen 
types of nuclear reactions important at any one time. We have very good 
predictive and descriptive techniques to explain star formation and 

A cell is a double lipid layer container with ion channel entries to 
control Ph and the transfer of various kinds of ions in and out such as 
Ca and Na. There is a complicated dance of tRNA and mRNA from the DNA 
nucleus to the Ribosomes leading the production of thousands of kinds 
of protein any of which has the potential to interact with any other. 
Then there is a whole range of other organelles within the cell such as 
the mitochodria involved in energy via ATP.

We still don't even understand what the bulk of DNA is for and even the 
simplest ecosystems are beyond clear modeling.


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