BPML- Differential Equations: from Newton's laws to the frontiers of medicine.

Watson Building - Lecture Theatre A (G23), Zoom - registration required
Wednesday 24 November 2021 (19:00-20:00)

Rachel Burgess Outreach & Schools Liaison Officer

To work out how objects move under gravity and other forces, Sir Isaac Newton created calculus, and the associated concept of differential equations, which describe physical laws in terms of rates of change. Differential equations have since been developed to describe a vast range of phenomena in physics, chemistry and biology, alongside being a major topic for mathematicians.

This talk will start with the concept of a differential equation for the motion of a falling apple, extending the ideas to model how doses of life-saving medicines behave in the body, and the role for maths alongside data science in guiding medical treatment. We will also discuss more complex differential equations that describe microscopic body processes that are going on all the time without our knowledge, but are crucial for life, including fertilization, embryo development, and lung health.

The Birmingham Popular Maths Lecture series runs in the Watson Building (School of Mathematics) on the last Wednesday of each month, arriving from 6.30pm onwards for a 7pm start. We will also be showing the lecture live on Zoom for those that are unable to attend the lecture. 

To watch the lecture on Zoom you will need to register using the link above. If you plan on attending the lecture in person there is no need to register. Please note that attendees in the lecture theatre will be given priority for the Q&A but some questions will be taken from Zoom.

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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