Thursday, 20 January 2011

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Mathematical stability

The above plot was generated by Google ngrams which, based on all documents in Google Books, calculates the relative usage of a word or sequence of words. Some subjects gain, and subsequently loose popularity, while others seem more stable.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

New year and old challenges

More than a month of snow and ice, and now end to it in sight. Good times for staying indoors and reading. My aim is to read through "Towards a theoretical biology" vol. 1-4 from the 1960s. This series was the result of 4 biyearly symposia organised by Waddington and try to define the challenges and set the course for theoretical biology as a discipline. I wonder if we succeeded?