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How does nature work? It starts with a collection
of little pieces - called the elements of the periodic table – and connects them by
rule to make new things. Each new thing produced – be it a compound
or a collection there of – displays a new set of properties. These
properties, which are called emergent, produce our world and the
universe as we know it.
If we have a collection of larger pieces, such
as cells or animals, and want to know the rules used to form them, then
we might wish to try nature’s strategy. We too can start with a
collection of little pieces and connect them to form larger things,
including cells, organs, and animals – also by rule.
Biology openly displays these rules in the things it
builds and we can learn to read these rules as equations in a data-driven biology.
reading biology can become reverse engineering and writing
forward engineering. With a little help from math and technology,
it's really quite easy to take things apart or to put them back