Seeking to Understand the Processes of Life Through Mathematics

Start: 10/17/2012 - 4:15pm
End  : 10/17/2012 - 5:15pm


Peter Bates, Michigan State University


For several hundred years, mathematical models have been used to seek under- standing of the physical world. Physical laws are postulated, translated into equa- tions, and the equations solved or at least used to predict outcomes, which were then tested against observations. This method of inquiry made its way into biological modeling, most notably in ecology and infectious diseases where mechanisms are at a macro-level and are fairly well-established. Here we discuss biological processes as a cellular and molecular level, focusing on the modeling and simulation of some of those processes.

Millikan 134, Pomona College

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