Can mathematics provide fundamental contributions to biology? The example of topology

  • Harald Jockusch (Entwicklungsbiologie und Molekulare Pathologie, Universität Bielefeld)
A3 01 (Sophus-Lie room)


Contributions of mathematics to biology can be of very different kinds: supportive, as in data analysis (statistics, approximations); challenging, by suggesting quantitative models that can be falsified; inspiring, by suggesting novel qualitative features that remain to be discovered in "real life". I will discuss this topic from the subjective viewpoint of a biologist, using examples from developmental biology and morphogenesis and their interpretation by topology.

Katharina Matschke

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