November 14, 2011

« A good scientific abstraction has four properties: it is relevant, capturing an essential property of the phenomenon; computable, bringing to bear computational knowledge about the mathematical representation; understandable, offering a conceptual framework for thinking about the scientific domain; and extensible, allowing the capture of additional real properties in the same mathematical framework. »
~ “Cells as computation”, A. Regev, E. Shapiro. Nature 2002.

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