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Four Minutes of Math


Robert Hooke, eye of a fly, Micrographia, 1665. Hancock Collection, USC.

Don’t worry, it’s painless. Aeon Films has posted a four minute short on mathematical relationships in nature, from the nautilus shell to floral architecture. For those interested in a discussion of the role of math in modern biology, Joel Cohen’s 2004 essay in PLOS is a good start. The title says it all:

Mathematics Is Biology’s Next Microscope, Only Better; Biology Is Mathematics’ Next Physics, Only Better

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