in Chaos and Fractals
August 2012; p ublished online December 2013 .
Chapter. Subjects: Mathematical and Statistical Physics. 2517 words.
This chapter focuses on function, the most basic way of mathematically representing a relationship. In mathematics, a function represents a dependence. The chapter discusses several...
in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy
January 2005; p ublished online January 2005 .
Reference Entry. Subjects: Philosophy. 145 words.
A function takes objects (‘arguments’) and maps them on to objects (‘values’). For example, the addition function defined
in Software Studies
April 2008; p ublished online August 2013 .
Chapter. Subjects: Media Studies. 3790 words.
This chapter examines the concept of function in software studies, which is called functional programming. This concept involves mathematical parameters like “plus,” “square root,” and...
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in Adult Neurogenesis 2
December 2010; p ublished online September 2012 .
Chapter. Subjects: Disorders of the Nervous System. 23581 words.
Adult neurogenesis contributes to brain function by supplying a particular type of plasticity. In the hippocampus this function is tied to the particular function of the dentate gyrus and...
in The Nature of Healing
December 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .
Chapter. Subjects: Palliative Medicine. 14586 words.
Human functioning is the overriding, all encompassing activity that includes the entire range from the cellular to the spiritual. It is never entirely still or absent except in death. To...
in Physicianship and the Rebirth of Medical Education
April 2018; p ublished online March 2018 .
Chapter. Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology. 4389 words.
Sickness is defined as follows: The inability of individuals to pursue their goals and purposes because of impairments in functioning. Functional impairment may occur at any...
in Pillars of Evolution
July 2011; p ublished online December 2013 .
Chapter. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology. 13250 words.
Interactions between the environment, traits, and their constituent genes demonstrate that it is impossible to predict evolutionary change in anything but the simplest environments. Even...