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IMA Public Lecture
Secrets of the Heart Revealed - by Mathematics and Computer Simulation
June 5, 2003, 7:00 pm

2002-2003 Program: Optimization

Charles S. Peskin
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
New York University

Moos Tower, Room 2-650
515 Delaware Street SE
University of Minnesota, East Bank

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Image Courtesy of Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center



Secrets of the heart include the changes in the circulation occurring at birth, the muscular fiber architecture of the cardiac ventricles, the collagen fiber architecture of the heart valves, the electrical activity that coordinates and controls the heartbeat, and the vortex flow patterns of blood in the cardiac chambers. In this lecture, mathematical modeling and computer simulation will be used to reveal the principles of natural design as seen in the heart. The coupled equations of cardiac fluid and tissue mechanics will be formulated, and their solutions presented in the form of a computer animation of the beating human heart.

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2002-2003 Program: Optimization
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