How Much of the World Is It Possible to Model? – The New Yorker

Read article - An opinion piece by Dan Rockmore, a professor of mathematics and computer science, about the limitations of mathematical models. Rockmore credits David Roberts, MED ’75, a professor emeritus of surgery and neurology, and Keith Paulsen, Thayer ’84, ’86, a professor of biomedical engineering and of radiology and surgery, with an example of how common mathematical modeling now is. “Today, descendants of the Roberts and Paulsen model are routinely used to plan neurosurgeries. Modelling, in general, is now routine,” Rockmore writes.