LMS Popular Lectures 2020
London (UCL, Institute of Education) - 15th July starting at 19.00
Birmingham (Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham) - 24th September starting at 18.30
Aoife Hunt (Movement Strategies)
The maths of crowd behaviour
How many people can you fit into a football stadium or a music festival? How quickly are they all going to be able to get out? These are important questions for event organisers, and they need mathematicians to answer them. In this talk, I'll show how professional consultants use GSCE mathematics to understand the movement of crowds: whether at Wembley Stadium, Glastonbury, Canary Wharf or the Tower of London. Discover the unlikely connection between crowd flow and quadratic equations, and how computer games are being built to predict what you will do in an emergency.
James Maynard (University of Oxford)
Patterns in primes
Why should anyone care about primes? Prime numbers appear mathematical oddities but are actually vital objects not just in pure mathematics, but also in the real world. Various different, difficult problems in science lead to seemingly very simple questions about prime numbers, and looking for patterns within the primes.
Unfortunately, these seemingly simple problems have stumped mathematicians for thousands of years, and are now some of the most notorious open problems in mathematics!
I'll describe why primes matter, some of these simple-looking questions about primes, and how we can still make progress on these 100-year-old problems.
You can register for the London Popular Lectures here. Closing date for registrations is 8th July 2020.
You can register for the Birmingham Popular Lectures here. Closing date for registrations is 17th September 2020.
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Submitted by John Johnston on 15 April, 2015 11:10