Monday, June 15, 2009

Blending math and biology - nothing new there!

One of the things we're pretty proud of here at UNL is our developing collaboration between Biology and Mathematics - we've done joint REU projects, and the crown jewel is the NSF funded Research for Undergraduates in Theoretical Ecology project. We want to do more. Then I saw this quote from R.A. Fisher on the jacket of Alan Hasting's textbook on Population Biology:
I can imagine no more beneficial chance in scientific education than that which would allow [biology and mathematics] to appreciate something of the imaginative grandeur of the realms of thought explored by the other.
Wow. So he was already recognizing this gap in 1930! We've got some catching up to do.

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