Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Beyond the Spherical Cow," by John Doyle. Nature, 10 May 2001.

Mathematics continues to provide powerful tools for understanding complexbiological processes. Theories of differential equations, stochasticprocesses, and dynamical systems have helped biologists make sense of processesas diverse as cell division, molecular interaction, and neuronal calcium waves.Recent breakthrough studies integrating mathematics with experimental data haveovercome the biological community's view that mathematics is irrelevant tobiology.

--- Kathryn Leonard