Monthly Talk 7th May 2020

WHAT HAVE MATHEMATICIANS DONE FOR US?

SPEAKER: Chris Budd

Chris will take a light-hearted overview of how mathematics has shaped human civilisation.

The contribution of mathematicians over the centuries will be celebrated, showing how mathematical ideas have huge relevance today varying between Maxwell and the mobile phone, Florence Nightingale and modern statistics, Pythagoras and the development of music.

He will also address the FALSE image that mathematicians currently have - cold, unemotional, mad, male nerds!

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Chris Budd is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath, Gresham Professor of Geometry and Professor of Mathematics at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

He is also Deputy Director at the Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI), which seeks to find innovative ways of applying mathematics to real world problems, and the chair of the United Kingdom Maths Trust (UKMT) which coordinates maths competitions across the UK. The UKMT works with 80% of the schools in the UK, and over 700,000 young people per year take part in its activities.