The Language of Life: When Mathematics Speaks to Biology
Speaker: Gerda de Vries (Professor of Mathematics, Alberta)
7pm, Research and Innovation Centre, Room 119, University of Regina. A reception will follow the lecture in the atrium outside the lecture hall
University of Regina
Mathematics often is described as the language of science, particularly suited to speak to problems in physics, chemistry, engineering, and so on. Is mathematics also the language of life, suited to speak to problems in biology? Indeed, mathematics has a long and rich history in biology, and the reality is that today’s biology depends increasingly on data, algorithms, and models; mathematics plays an extremely important role in biology. In this talk, I will highlight some particularly noteworthy historical contributions of mathematics in biology, dating back to the late 1600’s, make connections to contemporary research in mathematical biology, and discuss how this research impacts our lives.