Amazing Maths seminars

These seminars aim to give undergraduate mathematics students a flavour of mathematics research beyond the core curriculum.

Seminar details

Time and day: 12 noon - 1pm on Thursdays in weeks 2, 4 and 6 of both semesters.
Open to: Staff and students

Please contact the organiser Andrea Prinsloo by email (a.prinsloo@surrey.ac.uk) to request the zoom meeting details.

These seminars are organised in collaboration with the Maths Society at the University of Surrey. A full list of Undergraduate Mathematics seminar series at the University of Surrey is available at Department of Mathematics seminars.

Upcoming seminars

Speaker: Ian Roulstone (Nonlinear Waves and Geometric Fluid DynamicsGroup, University of Surrey)
Time and Date: 12 noon - 1pm on Thursday 7 May 2020
Title: Invisible in the Storm: the role of mathematics in the development of weather and climate prediction
Abstract: Although humans have tried to forecast weather for millennia, mathematical principles were used in meteorology only after the turn of the twentieth century. From the first proposal for using mathematics to predict weather, to the supercomputers that now process meteorological information gathered from satellites and weather stations, this lecture will describe the groundbreaking evolution of modern weather forecasting and climate prediction. We shall discuss the challenges of making predictions about a chaotic system, showing what improvements we might yet hope for and what factors still confound us.

Past seminars

Fractals and dimension
Speaker: Ian Morris (Dynamical Systems and PDEs Group, University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 5 March 2020
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Mathematical oncology
Speaker: Carina Dunlop (Mathematics of Life and Social Sciences Group, University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 20 February 2020
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Distributions and Dirac delta functions
Speaker: Sergey Zelik (Dynamical Systems and PDEs Group, University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 12 December 2019
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Coming up with prices from mathematical logic
Speaker: Dorje Brody (Data Science and Dynamics Group, University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 31 October 2019
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The weird world of black holes
Speaker: Jan Gutowski (Fields, Strings and Geometry Group, University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 17 October 2019
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Under the weather
Speaker: Natalie Douglas (University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 14 March 2019
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Solving the unsolvable
Speaker: David Fisher (University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 28 February 2019
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To sleep, perchance to dream... of maths
Speaker: Anne Skeldon (University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 14 February 2019
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Why string theory?
Speaker: Martin Wolf (University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 8 November 2018
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Mathematical modelling of the control and spread of disease
Speaker: Stephen Gourley (University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 25 October 2018
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Light from infinity: What we learn from paradoxes in mathematics?
Speaker: Dorje Brody (University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 11 October 2018
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From Newton’s iterative method to parallel computing
Speaker: Bin Cheng (Fluids, Meteorology and Symmetry Group, University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 26 April 2018

Latin squares and the design of experiments
Speaker: Janet Godolphin (Mathematics of Life and Social Sciences Group, University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 15 March 2018

The Poincaré Conjecture
Speaker: James Grant (Fields, Strings and Geometry Group, University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 15 February 2018

Boltzmann’s dilemma: An introduction to statistical mechanics via the kac ring
Speaker: Claudia Wulff (Dynamical Systems and PDEs Group, University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 9 November 2017

Turing Machines: The mathematics of computers
Speaker: David Lloyd (Mathematics of Life and Social Sciences Group, University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 26 October 2017

Quantum mechanics’ strangest puzzle
Speaker: Alessandro Torrielli (Fields, Strings and Geometry Group, University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 12 October 2017

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Department of Mathematics
AA Building, floor 4
University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7XH