The Mathematical Structure of the Human Sleep-Wake Cycle (Lecture Notes in Biomathematics) pdf epub fb2

The Mathematical Structure of the Human Sleep-Wake Cycle (Lecture Notes in Biomathematics) by Steven H. Strogatz epub fb2 djvu

Author: Steven H. Strogatz
Title: The Mathematical Structure of the Human Sleep-Wake Cycle (Lecture Notes in Biomathematics)
ISBN: 3540171762
ISBN13: 978-3540171768
Other Formats: azw lrf txt mbr
Pages: 239 pages
Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1986 edition (November 18, 1986)
Language: English
Size EPUB version: 1826 kb
Size FB2 version: 1703 kb
Category: Medical Books
Subcategory: Medicine

Over the past three years I have grown accustomed to the puzzled look which appears on people's faces when they hear that I am a mathematician who studies sleep. They wonder, but are usually too polite to ask, what does mathematics have to do with sleep? Instead they ask the questions that fascinate us all: Why do we have to sleep? How much sleep do we really need? Why do we dream? These questions usually spark a lively discussion leading to the exchange of anecdotes, last night's dreams, and other personal information. But they are questions about the funcĀ­ tion of sleep and, interesting as they are, I shall have little more to say about them here. The questions that have concerned me deal instead with the timing of sleep. For those of us on a regular schedule, questions of timing may seem vacuous. We go to bed at night and get up in the morning, going through a cycle of sleeping and waking every 24 hours. Yet to a large extent, the cycle is imposed by the world around us.

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