LMS Popular Lectures 2018

Bramall Concert Hall
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Lectures Talks and Workshops
Wednesday 19th September 2018 (18:30-21:00)
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Eleanor Mestel, Outreach and Schools Liaison Officer liaison@maths.bham.ac.uk

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We are proud to begin the 2018/19 Birmingham Popular Mathematics Lecture series with the London Mathematical Society Popular Lectures, which are suitable for all who have an interest in Mathematics, presenting exciting topics in mathematics and its applications to a wide audience.

Maths's Greatest Unsolved Puzzles

Katie Steckles

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.

Risky Business

Jennifer Rogers

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..

Please note registration for these lectures is essential and is found, along with more information, on the LMS website: www.lms.ac.uk/events/popular-lectures


The Birmingham Popular Maths Lecture series will then continue in the Watson Building (School of Mathematics) on the last Wednesday of each month, arriving from 6.30pm onwards for a 7pm start.

The expected dates of these lectures are: 31 October, 28 November, 30 January, 27 February, and 27 March.

The Birmingham Popular Mathematics Lectures are open to all members of the public and the University who are interested in the study of Mathematics. They are particularly suitable for those studying Mathematics at A Level and we also welcome advanced GCSE students. Young people are welcome on their own, with parents or with a school group.