Gian-Carlo Rota (1932-1999), a mathematician who made landmark contributions in combinatorics, and also a great teacher:
|The lack of real contact between mathematics and biology is either a tragedy, a scandal or a challenge; it is hard to decide which.|
P/S: Gian-Carlo Rota said this a long time ago back in the eighties. Unfortunately, his quote is still relevant today. If one does not do something about it, then it is a tragedy, because modern biology has become so data-rich that lack of mathematical appreciation will severely limit the possibility of progress. It is also a scandal because we will keep producing biology grads who lack confidence and the technical know-how to make any meaningful contribution in a rapidly changing field.