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How do physics and mathematics explain biology?

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19:00 – 20:00 4 Oct 2017
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Lindop Building, College Lane, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield AL10 9AB

Speakers: Alan Davies

Abstract:
In 1917 the Scottish polymath, D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, published On growth and form a masterpiece of the application of physics and mathematics to biology. One hundred years later it is still in print. It started the discipline of mathematical biology which is currently an extremely important and fertile area of scientific research.

However it is a book that is not as well-known as it should be. I first came across the book when I was at school, it has fascinated me ever since and in this talk I shall explain why it should be much more widely read. The physics and mathematics will be no more advanced than is found in the school curriculum at age fifteen. We shall explain, amongst other things, why size is important, why shells have the shape that they do and the mechanical efficiency of animal of skeletons.

Speaker Bio:
Alan Davies is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Hertfordshire where he was Head of Department until his retirement. Since then he has spent most of his time working with school pupils and presenting mathematics and science to general audiences of all ages.

Event type: Conference
Organised by: London and South East Branch
Contact details: To book a place or for further information on this season's events please contact Diane Crann via email.
Or Tel 07770 444614).

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Lindop Building, College Lane, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield AL10 9AB
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19:00 – 20:00 4 Oct 2017

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