# Casper Beentjes

I am a DPhil student in Applied Mathematics at the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology which is part of the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford. I am supervised by Prof. Radek Erban and Prof. Ruth Baker and a member of New College. For more personal details click here.

As the renowned physicist Eugene Wigner stated in his famous paper *"The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences"*, mathematical concepts constantly appear in studying nature and their usage often provides a merely indescribable accurate description of nature's seemingly complicated behaviour.
To some this might appear to be almost mysterious as a rational explanation seems to be lacking. Although mathematics seems to be close to Gods language to describe nature, 20^{th} century mathematical giant Israel Gelfand felt obliged to respond to Wigners quote:
*"Eugene Wigner wrote a famous essay on the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in natural sciences. He meant physics, of course. There is only one thing which is more unreasonable than the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in physics, and this is the unreasonable ineffectiveness of mathematics in biology".*
He had reasons to believe so, as he had a long-time interest in cell-biology.
This view of the role of mathematics in biology seems to be in need of an update though, following the recent success and activity of the mathematical biology field, partially due to the results from Oxford.
New and better measurement techniques bring an ever growing insight in exciting parts of biology and at the same time they call out for interdisciplinary collaborations to explain the observations.
This prospect of exciting times ahead is the reason why I decided to dive into the wonderful and interdisciplinary world of mathematical biology and I hope to share some of my experiences and achievements through this webportal.

I am a DPhil student in Applied Mathematics at the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology which is part of the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford. I am supervised by Prof. Radek Erban and Prof. Ruth Baker and a member of New College. For more personal details click here.

As the renowned physicist Eugene Wigner stated in his famous paper *"The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences"*, mathematical concepts constantly appear in studying nature and their usage often provides a merely indescribable accurate description of nature's seemingly complicated behaviour.
To some this might appear to be almost mysterious as a rational explanation seems to be lacking. Although mathematics seems to be close to Gods language to describe nature, 20^{th} century mathematical giant Israel Gelfand felt obliged to respond to Wigners quote:
*"Eugene Wigner wrote a famous essay on the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in natural sciences. He meant physics, of course. There is only one thing which is more unreasonable than the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in physics, and this is the unreasonable ineffectiveness of mathematics in biology".*
He had reasons to believe so, as he had a long-time interest in cell-biology.
This view of the role of mathematics in biology seems to be in need of an update though, following the recent success and activity of the mathematical biology field, partially due to the results from Oxford.
New and better measurement techniques bring an ever growing insight in exciting parts of biology and at the same time they call out for interdisciplinary collaborations to explain the observations.
This prospect of exciting times ahead is the reason why I decided to dive into the wonderful and interdisciplinary world of mathematical biology and I hope to share some of my experiences and achievements through this webportal.

## Contact

Email:

beentjes at maths dot ox dot ac dot uk

Post:

New College

Holywell Street

OX1 3BN Oxford

United Kingdom