Earlier this month Professor Jim Murray, Professor Emeritus Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford & Senior Scholar, Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University, gave the first Hooke Lecture here in Oxford. Entitled “Why there are no 3-headed monsters, resolving some problems with brain tumours, divorce prediction and how to save marriages” Jim described three very different problems: the development of the mechanical theory of morphogenesis and how it was used to move evolution backwards; a model for quantifying the growth of brain tumours and individual patient treatments: and an example from the social sciences that is used to predict marital stability and divorce. The Hooke lectures are part of a series of Public Lectures intended to display the power and beauty of mathematics to a wider audience.

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