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LMS POPULAR LECTURES 2018 (BIRMINGHAM) 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. The Popular Lectures are a free annual event held during either June or July in London and repeated in late September at another venue in the UK. For the past few years this has been Birmingham. 

 

The 2018 Popular Lectures will be held:

BIRMINGHAM (University of Birmingham) - 19th September, starting 18:30

18:30 Katy Steckles

Maths's Greatest Unsolved Puzzles

While mathematicians are undoubtedly brilliant, and their work is used in all kinds of amazing scientific and technological discoveries, there are still questions they can't answer. Every mathematical question is a puzzle to be solved, and while there'll be plenty of puzzles for you to chew on, we'll also learn about some of the questions that still leave mathematicians stumped - from simple-sounding number and shape problems to some truly mind-bending fundamental questions.

20:00 Jennifer Rogers (University of Oxford)

Risky Business

Real life involves risks, whether it's cycling without a helmet, travelling to a country with contagious diseases, or living in a house next to a river. Sometimes your perception of risk is distorted, making you think some things are more - or less - risky than is actually the case. How statistically significant are the risks that we see? What do the numbers mean? And what are own personal relationships with risk? Jen Rogers delves into the numbers to show you how statistics can help you to make better decisions about risky activities. You'll even get a chance to take a risk - if you dare...

 

September 19th, 2018 6:30 PM   through   9:00 PM
Brammall Music Building
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15-2TT
United Kingdom

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