First attempts to model bipolar patients as harmonic oscillators

People with bipolar disorder swing between mood extremes. A team of mathematicians decided to see how much of that swinging they could describe mathematically. Mason Porter, then at the Georgia Institute of Technology and now at Oxford University, with several US colleagues, published a study in 2009, Mathematical Models of Bipolar Disorder. It appeared in the journal Communications […]

Bipolar Smut fact of the day

Today’s Bipolar Smut Fact of the Day comes from the study “Linkage of mating-type loci distinguishes bipolar from tetrapolar mating in basidiomycetous smut fungi“, Guus Bakkeren and James W. Kronstad, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.,  Vol. 91, July 1994, pp. 7085-7089. The authors, at the University of British Columbia, write: “50% of theinteractions in dialelic bipolar […]