Taking mathematics to heart

Monday, March 14, 2011 - 11:31 in Mathematics & Economics

Did you know that heart attacks can give you mathematics? That statement appears on the web site of James Keener, who works in the mathematics of cardiology. This area has many problems that are ripe for unified attack by mathematicians, clinicians, and biomedical engineers. In an article to appear in the April 2011 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, John W. Cain, a mathematician at Virginia Commonwealth University, presents a survey of six ongoing Challenge Problems in mathematical cardiology. Cain's article emphasizes cardiac electrophysiology, because some of the most exciting research problems in mathematical cardiology involve electrical wave propagation in heart tissue.

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