Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Something simple for the week.

Something simple tonight. Just a little bit of biology and math. I'll ease myself back into weekly posts that actually have a theme.
Trying to find biology papers that have the same level of mathematics as physics is not that common. It's a shame though, because the potential is definitely there.
To say that they don't exist would be lying. Go and find a college level paper on DNA. Chances are high that it will be full of topological equations describing the bends and curves of the structure. And DNA is a blast if you want mathematics. The topology of the structure. The logical data structure of how it stores the information that makes you, you. And the chemistry that makes up the strands. How it's built of nucleobases built of molecules, which are described in that beautifully obtuse and confusing language know as Statistical Mechanics.
The way that cells divide and multiply make bacteria cultures look like something out of a fractal geometry textbook. And, if you look hard enough, you can find algorithms describing how genes will mutate over generations. This fits in the equations describing the probability of those genes mutating, as well as the probability of them surviving in a given environment. The more I learn about math, the more I think about the fact that it's an old language that can describe objects with precision.
Really, it can describe the patterns of ants, people, and a four stroke engine, as well as the curves of the body. There are people out there who study the math of biology. And that is the work I want to read next.


  1. New follower here, as an A to Z co-host. Nice to meet you!

    1. Nice to meet you to. I'm looking forward to the A to Z challenge.