What's Going On During Mathematics Awareness Month
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|Keith Devlin (Devlin's Angle)|
|"This year's theme is mathematics and biology. Two important examples of how mathematics is used in biology are: in developing computer models of the human heart, which are helping us to understand how the heart works and, more importantly, how it goes wrong, and the use of a branch of mathematics called knot theory to help us to understand how viruses attack the human body. These examples show why mathematicians think that it's important to raise public awareness of mathematics: much mathematical research depends on public funding. It's important work, but most of it is very invisible, and hard for a non expert to understand, so it doesn't make the news very often..." With samples of the kinds of local activities going on around the U.S.|
|Levels:||High School (9-12), College, Research|
|Math Topics:||Medicine/Health, Biology|
|Math Ed Topics:||Public Understanding of Math|
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