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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Biomathematics from Ian Stewart

A little history of the intersection of mathematics and biology:

http://www.newstatesman.com/ideas/2011/04/viruses-essay-pattern

"I would be surprised if mathematics ever came to dominate biological thinking in the way it does physics, but it is rapidly becoming an essential part of the discipline: 21st-century biology makes use of mathematics in ways that no one would have dreamed of at the start of the 20th. By the time we get to the 22nd, mathematics and biology will have changed each other beyond all recognition, just as mathematics and physics did in the 19th and 20th centuries."
(from the piece by Stewart)

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