What maths does—building a perfect metropolis

Credit: Shutterstock Oxford Mathematician Neave O’Clery works with mathematical models to describe the processes behind industrial diversification and economic growth. Here she discusses her work in Oxford and previously at Harvard to explain how network science can help us understand why some cities thrive and grow, and others decline, and how they can offer useful,…

Geometry, skull growth and brain mechanics

Artificial human skull and brain model. Credit: Shutterstock Professor Alain Goriely is Professor of Mathematical modelling at Oxford University’s Mathematical Institute and founder of the International Brain Mechanics and Trauma Lab (IBMTL). He talks to ScienceBlog about the key findings from his recently published work ‘Dimensional, Geometrical and Physical Constraints in Skull Growth’, and how…

Your own virtual heart for non-invasive heart diagnostics

Credit: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne EPFL mathematician Alfio Quarteroni and his team are building a virtual heart model based on personalized medical images that may one day help cardiologists and cardiac surgeons non-invasively diagnose pathological heart conditions. The team recently modeled and simulated the behavior of a patient’s aortic valve. One day, a virtual…