Since the early 1950s, marked by the revolutionary discovery of the double helix structure of DNA, biology has been the most intensively developing natural science. In spite of remarkable progress made during the last century, theoretical foundations of biology still remain in a nascent state, which can be compared to the state of theoretical physics before Newton. A study of foundations of mathematics in the context of theoretical biology referred to in the title of this special issue presents a double challenge and a double opportunity. First, it involves reconsidering and rebuilding the junction between mathematics and natural sciences on its fundamental level. Second, it involves a more specific problem of developing mathematical foundations for theoretical biology. There are strong reasons to believe that this latter task cannot be accomplished separately from the former. We are inviting contributions dealing with all aspects of foundations of mathematics and theoretical biology provided this general theme is understood in its integrity. We are looking for contributions combining an expertise in biology and mathematics with philosophical thinking about theoretical foundations of these disciplines and understanding of their various interactions.
The special issue “Foundations of Mathematics and Theoretical Biology” is designed as an interdisciplinary platform where researchers of various academic fields including biology, mathematics, computer science and philosophy of science will critically discuss cooperation between foundations of mathematics and theoretical biology and develop perspectives and guidelines for future studies.
The special issue is dedicated to the memory of Vladimir Voevodsky (1966-2017) who invested a large portion of his time and energy to renewing foundations of mathematics in view of prospective applications of mathematics in theoretical and applied sciences including biology.
We invite contributions dealing with all aspects of foundations of mathematics and theoretical biology provided this general theme is understood in its integrity. In particular, we will be looking for papers focusing on:
– Historical and philosophical backgrounds that link foundations of mathematics to theoretical biology;
– Novel approaches in foundations of mathematics including category theory and univalent foundations in view of their prospective applications in theoretical biology;
– Axiomatic approaches in foundations of mathematics and in theoretical biology;
– Impact of foundations of mathematics in all areas of mathematical biology, evolutionary biology and biosemiotics
The deadline for manuscript submissions is October 31, 2020 with publication in the early 2021.
Guide for author page: https://www.elsevier.com/journals/biosystems/0303-2647/guide-for-authors
The submission link: https://www.editorialmanager.com/BIOSYS/default.aspx
Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed following standard BioSystems journal procedures. All communications on manuscript submission and peer reviewing will be managed within the Elsevier Editorial Manager System. Upon manuscript submission choose the type of paper “VSI: Foundations” and indicate in the cover letter that your manuscript is prepared for the special issue on Foundations of Mathematics and Theoretical Biology.
Please direct questions to the Special Issue editors or to Editor-in-Chief.
Special Issue Editors:
Dr. Elena Fimmel (Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany).
Dr. Andrei Rodin (Institute of Philosophy of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Abir U. Igamberdiev (Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada).