Darwin’s extra sense: How mathematics is revolutionizing biology | darwin | Scoop.it

“Darwin’s Extra Sense,” a new video produced by SFI External Professor Dan Rockmore and collaborators, explores the ways applied mathematics is opening doors to astonishing insights in the life sciences – from evolutionary biology to protein folding and brain science.


Watch “Darwin’s Extra Sense” here (45 minutes)


“The field of biology had taken awhile for quantitative efforts to enter it, and now it has been truly transformed,” says Rockmore, a professor of mathematics and computer science at Dartmouth College. He produced the film in collaboration with filmmakers Wendy Conquest and Bob Drake, with financial support from the National Science Foundation and SFI.


The film tells the story of how the mathematical articulation of heredity by Gregor Mendel and others saved Charles Darwin’s initially flawed theory of evolution theory.


Darwin is quoted on his inability to apply math rigorously to his research: “I deeply regretted that I did not proceed far enough at least to understand something of the great leading principles of mathematics, for men thus endowed seem to have an extra sense.”

Via Ashish Umre