You Do the Math(s) 4: The Calculus
“Isaac Newton was not the first of the age of reason. He was the last of the magicians.”
John Maynard Keynes
Welcome to Basic Science Clinic, Crit Think episode 4, in which we will discuss The Calculus. One of the crowning intellectual achievements of humanity, Calculus is the foundational mathematical concept of modern science. Almost usurped by a publication entitled the Complete History of Fishes released only months earlier, through his development of the fundamental theorem, Newton (or was it Leibniz?) has provided us with the tools to successfully land a rover on the surface of Mars.
Calculus delineates the dynamic system. It is the lens through which we may focus our perception of bedside numbers and observations to comprehend the beat to beat physiology of the critically unwell.
In this pod we’ll cover:
– Newton and Leibniz and the development of the fundamental theorem of calculus
– Differentiation and pressure-volume relationships
– Integration and area under the curve
Word of the day:
Propinquity: the physical or psychological proximity between people.
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