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You already think like a great mathematician - now put that to really good use!- Dr Sophie Carr

Engineering and Physical Sciences, Lectures Talks and Workshops
Wednesday 25th March 2020 (19:00-20:00)

Rachel Burgess, Outreach & Schools Liaison Officer

Did you know you already think like a great mathematician?  You’ve got an innate ability to pull together different pieces of information and make a decision – you can even alter your opinion when more information becomes available.  Everyday life is full of examples of such cause and effect but when we get our information from sources such as the media, often we can only see the effect.  How then can you work out what caused the number you’re seeing and decide if it’s trustworthy? Come and join Sophie on a whistle stop tour of how Bayesian statistics has risen to be such an important part of everyday life and learn more about how you decided whether or not to trust the numbers you see.

Dr Sophie Carr is the founder of Bays Consulting.  She’s always liked playing with Lego which turned into a fascination with aeroplanes – and the start of her career.  After training as an engineer, Sophie gained a PhD in Bayesian Belief Networks and has worked in analytics ever since, or to put it another way Sophie has made a living out of finding patterns. This year Dr Sophie was named the World's Most Interesting Mathematician 2019 in an online competition which saw 16 mathematicians from across the world pitch against each other explaining how fun, interesting and relevant maths is.

Please note that this lecture will be delivered online on Wednesday 25th March at 7pm. To find out how to access the lecture online please email the Outreach and Schools Liaison Officer to be added to the contact list to be sent further details.

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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.


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