Very impressed by this post:

Numb or numbered?

from the blog of Stephen Curry.

Two reactions, opposite somehow, could be triggered by the parallel between physics (now a field respected by any layman) and biology (the new challenger).

The glory of physics, as well as the industrial revolution, are a consequence of the discovery of infinitesimal calculus by the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics Isaac Newton and by the philosopher, lawyer and mathematician Gottfried Leibniz. All of this started from the extraordinary creation of a gifted generation of thinkers. We may like this or not, but this is TRUE.

The reactions:

1. Positive: yes, definitely some mathematical literacy would do a lot of good to students from the biological sciences. In fact I am shocked that apparently there is resistance to this in the field. (Yes, mathematicians can be and are arrogant when interacting with other scientists, but in most of the cases that means that (a) they are bad mathematicians anyway, except when they are not, or (b) that they react to the misconceptions of the other scientists (which, by manifesting such narrowness of view, are bad scientists, except when they are not))

2. Negative: Numeracy and preadolescent recipes (at least this is (or was) the level of mathematics knowledge in the school curriculum in the part of the world where I grown up) are not enough. Mathematics was highly developed before infinitesimal calculus, but this was not sufficient for the newtonian revolution.

To finish, Robert Hooke was in the same generation with Newton and Leibniz. So maybe biology could hurry up a bit in this respect.

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