The Mathematical Structure of the Human Sleep-Wake Cycle
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The Mathematical Structure of the Human Sleep-Wake Cycle

By (author) Steven H. Strogatz

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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 func- 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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  • Paperback | 239 pages
  • 154.94 x 234.95 x 14.73mm | 426.37g
  • 18 Nov 1986
  • Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
  • Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
  • Berlin
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1986
  • biography
  • 3540171762
  • 9783540171768

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