BPML: Dr Iain Johnston

Watson Building - Lecture Theatre A (R15 on campus map)
Wednesday 16 November 2016 (19:30-20:30)
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Simulating evolution solves problems throughout the sciences

Dr Iain Johnston - School of Biosciences - Unievrsity of Birmingham

Evolution is an amazing problem solver, coming up with intricate and powerful solutions to natural challenges. With the help of computer simulations, science has started to learn from evolution -- representing real-world problems from fields like engineering and medicine as mathematical "ecosystems", and using artificial evolution to find solutions to these problems. I'll talk about the power of evolution as a problem solver, how maths can describe and model evolution, and how technological advances -- from satellite aerials to efficient crop plants -- have arisen from this meeting of maths and biology.

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.

The lectures are free of charge and in general there is no need to register. The lectures start at 7.30pm and last one hour, please arrive in the Watson building from 7pm onwards. 

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