Popular Lecture (Glasgow)

Wednesday 21st October, 2015
Main Auditorium, Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde

The London Mathematical Society Popular Lectures present exciting topics in mathematics and its applications to a wide audience. The LMS Popular Lectures usually feature two 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).


Glasgow Popular Lecture

Glasgow (Main Auditorium, Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde). Click here for a campus map.

Colva Roney-Dougal: Party hard! The maths of connections

How many guests need to come to a party, to guarantee that either at least five of them all know each other or at least five are mutual strangers? This question turns out to be surprisingly hard to solve, and has led to the creation of some maths that feels more like a newspaper puzzle than real work. We'll explore connections ranging from friendship, through marriage, to the spread of disease. Along the way we'll see some peculiar tricks infinity plays on us, and find some unexpected links between mathematicians and Hollywood stars. 

Ruth King: How many......? (Estimating population sizes)

The question of "How many...?" arises in many different fields. For many applications, however, it is not possible to simply count the members of the population of interest. For such cases I will discuss mathematical tools that can be applied to provide an estimate of the total population size. Applications range from the number of webpages on the Internet on a given topic or the number of bugs in a computer code to the number of drug addicts or animals in a given area.


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