Mathematical experimentation and biological research.

by Richard Ernest Bellman


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An attempt to describe what the functions of the mathematician should be in biomedical research. The use of mathematics in any field clarifies problem formulation and enhances the reputation of the field. Much has been gained from the application of mathematical techniques to scientific fields in the past, and the introduction of the digital computer greatly increases the promise of the future. The functions of the mathematician interested in the areas of biology and medicine are (1) to show that there are significant and intriguing mathematical questions in these new fields, and (2) to show, by example, what he can contribute to the problems of the biologist and medical researcher. A discussion of the contributions experienced mathematicians can make in biomedical research. The skills of the mathematician combined with the experience and intuition of biomedical research personnel can result in significant mathematical models of biological processes. 15 pp.

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