Peter Saunders

Peter Saunders

Co-Director, Institute of Science in Society, London; Emeritus professor of Applied Mathematics, King’s College London.

Peter Saunders has been applying mathematics in biology for over 40 years, in microbiology and physiology as well as in development and evolution. He has been a critic of neo-Darwinism for almost as long. His major research interest is in the ways complex nonlinear systems differ from the simple linear systems on which most of our intuition is based. This leads, for example, to a straightforward explanation of punctuated equilibria.

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He has a BA in Applied Mathematics from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics from the University of London. He has lectured in the University of London since 1964, first at Queen Elizabeth College and then at King’s College. He was a co-founder of the Institute of Science in Society and is still its co-director and also deputy editor of its journal Science in Society.



"The natural selection of random variations cannot provide an adequate explanation of why organisms are the way they are and how they came to be that way. For that, we must draw on all of science."