Can Mathematics Understand the Brain? - Alain Goriely

Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures

Can Mathematics Understand the Brain?’ – Alain Goriely

The human brain is the object of the ultimate intellectual egocentrism. It is also a source of endless scientific problems and an organ of such complexity that it is not clear that a mathematical approach is even possible, despite many attempts.

In this talk Alain will use the brain to showcase how applied mathematics thrives on such challenges. Through mathematical modelling, we will see how we can gain insight into how the brain acquires its convoluted shape and what happens during trauma. We will also consider the dramatic but fascinating progression of neuro-degenerative diseases, and, eventually, hope to learn a bit about who we are before it is too late.

Alain Goriely is Professor of Mathematical Modelling, University of Oxford and author of ‘Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction.’

Please email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register

**Date**: 8 March 2018, 17:15 (Thursday, 8th week, Hilary 2018)**Venue**: Mathematical Institute

Woodstock Road OX2 6GGSee location on maps.ox**Details**: Lecture Theatre 1**Speaker**: Alain Goriely (University of Oxford)**Organising department**: Mathematical Institute**Organiser**: Dyrol Lumbard (University of Oxford)**Organiser contact email address**: external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk**Host**: Dyrol Lumbard (University of Oxford)**Part of**: Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures**Topics**:**Booking required?**: Required**Booking email**: external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk**Cost**: n/a**Audience**: Public**This talk features in the following public collections**:- Editor: Dyrol Lumbard