Algebraic Geometers See Ideal Approach to Biology

August 7, 2007

Barry A. Cipra

Doug Arnold, director of the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, takes a broad view of applied mathematics, consistent with his conviction that mathematics shows up everywhere. Still, Arnold admits that as recently as five years ago, he could not have imagined an IMA workshop highlighting applications of algebraic geometry to evolutionary biology. Robotics? Sure. Error-correcting codes? Why not? But phylo-genetic trees? Doesn't sound likely!

How time flies.

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