# Mathematics + physiology = what do you think about?

• Apr 5th 2013, 10:56 AM
dokrbb
Mathematics + physiology = what do you think about?
I had no idea in what forum to post this, so tell me if I have to re-post it another place:

I'm interested in physiology (human, just to specify), and I'm planning to do an undergrad in that.

I am fascinated, so far, by calculus courses that I'm taking, and (despite my struggle with the limits ;) - I will improve on that) I am wondering - pretty sure the combination of those two fields(physiology and math) should be so much more interesting.

My question is (since I am quite in an incipient form of my intelectual development and far from understanding the whole picture, the interrellation between them) how far the applied math is going hand-in-hand with physiology?

What aspects of math, from a mathematician's point of view, are more important for one that is planning an undergrad in physiology?

• Apr 5th 2013, 11:28 AM
semouey161
Re: Mathematics + physiology = what do you think about?
The most important thing to learn in any math class IMHO is to learn how to think critically, logically, and analytically. I find that doing math proofs for various stuff in topics such as Calculus has helped me become more logical in my thinking. I even learned how to prove things in different ways. It does take lots of patience, careful analysis, and logical thinking. Wait a second... aren't those qualities I'd want my doctor to have?

Regarding the actual math, I think high level statistics is useful in what you want. Calculus is great, but statistics seems more applicable in the field. This is just my opinion, however, and I am not in the field you described.

I did a little internet search and found this link. I think it's a good article.
• Apr 5th 2013, 11:44 AM
dokrbb
Re: Mathematics + physiology = what do you think about?
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Originally Posted by semouey161
The most important thing to learn in any math class IMHO is to learn how to think critically, logically, and analytically. I find that doing math proofs for various stuff in topics such as Calculus has helped me become more logical in my thinking. I even learned how to prove things in different ways. It does take lots of patience, careful analysis, and logical thinking. Wait a second... aren't those qualities I'd want my doctor to have?

Regarding the actual math, I think high level statistics is useful in what you want. Calculus is great, but statistics seems more applicable in the field. This is just my opinion, however, and I am not in the field you described.

I did a little internet search and found this link. I think it's a good article.

Thanks semouey, quite an interesting article, but I reffered more to physiology as a science - do mathematicians help they "mates" with building mathematical models of our human body systems?

the design of an artificial intelligence (which is so popular to talk about, I used it as an example only, it seems a topic too complicated for me now, in order to use it as a specific example for discussion) is surely discussed by neuroscientists/neurologist/physiologists/mathematicians/engineers together? How they approach those problems from a mathematical point of view when discussing a human being (or another complex live systems, if I can say it in that way)?
• Apr 5th 2013, 07:01 PM
semouey161
Re: Mathematics + physiology = what do you think about?
I think this book would answer your question. I read parts of the preface available in the preview, and I was able to find some mathematical principles applied to research in the field of physiology, such as the Fokker–Planck equation.

I did a little more internet research, and apparently there is a field known as biomathematics. Here is a page for a professor in the field. I would email Dr. Olufsen and tell her what you posted here, that you are curious about mathematics and physiology. Most professors would be happy to answer a question or two about their field.
• Apr 5th 2013, 07:06 PM
semouey161
Re: Mathematics + physiology = what do you think about?
Here is another professor's page; a professor in Biomedical mathematics.
• Apr 6th 2013, 07:17 AM
dokrbb
Re: Mathematics + physiology = what do you think about?
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Originally Posted by semouey161
Here is another professor's page; a professor in Biomedical mathematics.

Thanks semouey for all these links, they are great!!!