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

For further information, please contact the organiser Andrea Prinsloo.

These seminars are organised in collaboration with the Maths Society at the University of Surrey.

Upcoming seminars

Speaker: Anne Skeldon (University of Surrey)
Time and date: 12 noon - 1pm on Thursday 14 February 2019
Venue: Lecture Theatre E
Title: To sleep, perchance to dream... of maths
Abstract: We all sleep: but what is it? How much do you need? Are you a 'lark' or an 'owl'? What is 'social jetlag' and do you suffer from it? In this talk I will introduce some of the basic ideas behind the mathematical modelling of sleep/wake regulation. I will show how models can be used to investigate policy questions, such as whether or not we should switch to permanent daylight savings time or delay school start times for adolescents, and explore how long it takes to recover from jetlag.

Speaker: David Fisher (University of Surrey)
Time and date: 12 noon - 1pm on Thursday 28 February 2019
Venue: Lecture Theatre E
Title: Solving the unsolvable
Abstract: When you first learnt the “quadratic formula”, you may have wondered if there were similar algorithmic methods for solving higher-degree polynomial equations. This question was investigated over many centuries, leading from geometric origins to the development of modern abstract algebra. In this seminar we shall find exact solutions to some cubic equations and see why you might not want to memorise a “cubic formula”. We shall also see how the interplay between algebra and geometry is used to prove the impossibility of certain constructions, such as trisecting an angle.

Speaker: Natalie Douglas (University of Surrey)
Time and date: 12 noon - 1pm on Thursday 14 March 2019
Venue: Lecture Theatre E
Title: Under the weather
Abstract:  Have you ever been watching the weather forecast on the news and wondered “What on earth do those weather charts mean?” and/or “How do they calculate that?”. In this seminar, we introduce the simpler mathematics of the atmosphere and briefly explore the techniques used by the MET Office that combine mathematical models and observational data when making weather predictions – a process known as Data Assimilation.

Past seminars

Speaker: Martin Wolf (University of Surrey)
Time and date: 12 noon - 1pm on Thursday 8 November 2018
Venue: Lecture Theatre L
Title: Why String Theory?

Speaker: Stephen Gourley (University of Surrey)
Time: 12 noon - 1pm on Thursday 25 October 2018
Venue: Lecture Theatre L
Title: Mathematical modelling of the control and spread of disease

Speaker: Dorje Brody (University of Surrey)
Time: 12 noon - 1pm on Thursday 11 October 2018
Venue: Austin Pearce 1
Title: Light from infinity: What we learn from paradoxes in Mathematics?

Speaker: Bin Cheng (Fluids, Meteorology and Symmetry Group, University of Surrey)
Time: 1pm - 2pm on Thursday 26 April 2018
Venue: Lecture Theatre M
Title: From Newton’s Iterative Method to Parallel Computing

Speaker: Janet Godolphin (Mathematics of Life and Social Sciences Group, University of Surrey)
Time: 12 noon - 1pm on Thursday 15 March 2018
Venue: Lecture Theatre M
Title: Latin Squares and the Design of Experiments

Speaker: James Grant (Fields, Strings and Geometry Group, University of Surrey)
Time: 12 noon - 1pm on Thursday 15 February 2018
Venue: Lecture Theatre M
Title: The Poincaré Conjecture

Speaker: Claudia Wulff (Dynamical Systems and PDEs Group, University of Surrey)
Time: 12 noon - 1pm on Thursday 9 November 2017
Venue: Lecture Theatre E
Title: Boltzmann’s Dilemma: An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics via the Kac Ring

Speaker: David Lloyd (Mathematics of Life and Social Sciences Group, University of Surrey)
Time: 12 noon - 1pm on Thursday 26 October 2017
Venue: Lecture Theatre M
Title: Turing Machines: The Mathematics of Computers

Speaker: Alessandro Torrielli (Fields, Strings and Geometry Group, University of Surrey)
Time: 12 noon - 1pm on Thursday 12 October 2017
Venue: Lecture Theatre M
Title: Quantum Mechanics’ Strangest Puzzle

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