Popular Lecture (Birmingham)

Wednesday 23rd September, 2015
Birmingham University, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

The London Mathematical Society Popular Lectures present exciting topics in mathematics and its applications to a wide audience. For 2015 the LMS Popular Lectures will feature five lecturers who have been chosen for their mathematical distinction and communication skills. The Society aims to present a wide range of mathematical topics in the lectures, which are suitable for all who have an interest in mathematics.

For 2015, the popular lecturers are Professor Martin Hairer, FRS (University of Warwick), Professor Ben Green, FRS (University of Oxford), Dr Hannah Fry (UCL), Dr Ruth King (University of Edinburgh), Dr Joan Lasenby and Dr Colva Roney-Dougal (University of St Andrews).

Birmingham Popular Lecture

Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham. Click here for a campus map.

Ben Green: A good new millennium for prime numbers 

The prime numbers 2,3,5,7,11... are the building blocks of arithmetic and have been studied by mathematicians for around 2500 years. While the primes remain mysterious, mathematicians have made a lot of progress in the 21st century. The talk will endeavour to describe some of this progress and to explain why studying prime numbers is hard.

Martin Hairer: The mathematics of randomness

From the gambling machines in a casino to the predictions of next week's weather, the world that surrounds us is governed by seemingly random events. How do mathematicians make sense of this and what does it even mean to 'predict' something inherently random? We will explore these questions and see what are the main guiding principles of our modern understanding of randomness.

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