About this day
With wickedly good speakers with a passion for what is undoubtedly the best subject (maths), save the date for this exceptional study day. Give your students the opportunity to meet our crack team of mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, architects, code-breakers, data scientists and more for the ultimate educational experience.
Programme & speakers
Fermat’s last theorem Simon Singh, Writer and broadcaster
Simon Singh, discusses the origin of the problem, describes the heroes and villains who tried and failed to prove Fermat’s Last theorem and tells the story of Professor Andrew Wiles, who conquered Fermat’s challenge after working in secret for seven years.
About Simon Singh
Simon is an author and broadcaster. His books include Fermat’s Last Theorem, The Code Book, The Big Bang, Trick or Treatment and most recently The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.
Are we made of maths? Mark Lewney, Mathematician and physicist
Does maths really exist, or is it just something people do? Was physicist Eugene Wigner right when he said the effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences is something bordering on the mysterious and that there is no rational explanation.
About Mark Lewney
Dr Mark Lewney, the Rock Doctor, winner of the first ever FameLab competition and guitar physicist blows your ears with rock guitar and blows your mind with Superstring Theory.
Fighting disease with mathematics Sara Jabbari, University of Birmingham
How can mathematics be used to track the dynamics of bacterial infections or develop new drugs to tackle disease? Sara illustrates how population dynamics can be used to understand disease, improve existing treatments and create entirely new ones.
About Sara Jabbari
Sara is a mathematician specialising in using mathematical modelling to understand how bacteria behave. She works with microbiologists to use these models in developing new treatments for bacterial infections.
The Mathematics of Voting Chris Good, University of Birmingham
Kenneth Arrow’s ‘Impossibility Theorem’ states that there is no fair voting system. Professor Good will take us though some familiar systems and highlight some of the very strange results they can throw up! Be ready for surprise, contention and disbelief. Kenneth Arrow was awarded the 1972 Nobel Prize for Economics for his pioneering work on welfare theory.
About Chris Good
Professor Chris Good is the author of some 40 research articles in general topology, set-theoretic topology, and toplogical dynamics. Chris was awarded the first Excellence in Teaching Award.
Quantum Mechanics: Nature’s absurd fineprint Lloyd Cawthorne, University of Manchester
Ideas that arise from quantum physics are counter-intuitive, yet are neatly described mathematically. LLoyd will show you how very simple ideas in mathematics are applied to describe quantum physics, how apparent paradoxes arise from these and how they are solved. He will also consider some actual paradoxes that arise in the quantum world.
About Lloyd Cawthorne
Lloyd is an Isaac Teaching Fellow at Manchester where he spends half of his time working with schools and students and continues his research when he finds the time.