Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Title: Neither an ant nor a spider be: historical vignettes in mathematical physiology
Abstract: For hundreds of years, mathematics has had a close connection with the biological sciences, and with physiology in particular. Indeed, some of the most famous equations in applied mathematics were originally motivated by physiological problems, such as the flow of blood in blood vessels. In this talk I shall look briefly at some famous examples of how mathematics has been used to study physiological problems, including Bernoulli's smallpox model from 1765, mathematical models of the cochlea from Helmholtz to Hudspeth, and the propagation of action potentials in neurons. I'll end with a brief look at some modern applications of mathematics to physiology, and show how physiology continues to inspire and direct new mathematical investigations.
Speaker: James Sneyd
Institution: University of Auckland
