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    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?

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    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.
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    Re: Mathematics + physiology = what do you think about?

    Quote Originally Posted by semouey161 View Post
    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)?
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    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.
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    Re: Mathematics + physiology = what do you think about?

    Here is another professor's page; a professor in Biomedical mathematics.
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    Re: Mathematics + physiology = what do you think about?

    Quote Originally Posted by semouey161 View Post
    Here is another professor's page; a professor in Biomedical mathematics.
    Thanks semouey for all these links, they are great!!!
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