Phil Wilson

Senior LecturerPhillip Wilson

Director of Teaching (MATH)
Jack Erskine 702
Internal Phone: 92438

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Pure mathematicians study patterns in ideas which typically arise from other ideas; I'm not a pure mathematician. Statisticians study patterns in data; I'm not a statistician. Applied mathematicians of type 'E' use mathematical tools to study the world around them; I am not an applied mathematician of type 'E'. Applied mathematicians of type 'M' discover interesting mathematics lurking in the real world around them; I call myself an applied mathematician of type 'M'.

A very general theme in what I like to do is the idea of "seeing differently" as well as "seeing further". For example, treating biological questions mathematically still retains a whiff of heresy, as does thinking seriously about the artistic and aesthetic qualities of mathematical knowledge.

Recent Publications

  • Ackerley EJ., Cavan AE., Wilson PL., Berbeco RI. and Meyer J. (2013) Application of a spring-dashpot system to clinical lung tumor motion data. Medical physics 40(2): 021713. http://dx.doi.org/10.1118/1.4788643.
  • Chang JC., Brennan KC., He D., Huang H., Miura RM., Wilson PL. and Wylie JJ. (2013) A mathematical model of the metabolic and perfusion effects on cortical spreading depression. PLoS ONE 8(8) http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0070469.
  • Smith FT. and Wilson PL. (2013) Body-rock or lift-off in flow. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 735: 91-119. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2013.464.
  • David T., van Kempen T., Huang H. and Wilson P. (2011) The geometry and dynamics of binary trees. Mathematics and Computers in Simulation 81(7): 1464-1481. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matcom.2010.04.020.
  • Smith FT. and Wilson PL. (2011) Fluid-body interactions: Clashing, skimming, bouncing. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 369(1947): 3007-3024. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2011.0092.