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You can read more about the Mathematics Faculty's event for the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival here.

The next Cambridge Science Festival will take place in March 2018.


Maths Open Day at the Cambridge Science Festival 

Saturday 25 March 2017, 12 noon - 4pm

Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA

From Isaac Newton onwards, Cambridge has been associated with some of the most famous mathematicians in history. Modern mathematicians and theoretical physicists work on everything from the Big Bang to number theory, from geometry to the mathematics of information or understanding how disease epidemics spread.

Join volunteer staff and students from the Faculty of Mathematics to share the excitement of the subject through hands-on activities, games and demonstrations (featuring everything from custard to cosmology!) for visitors of all ages from 8 through to adult.

The Maths Public Open Day happens only once every two years and last took place in 2015. (In the intervening years the MMP organises hands-on family maths events.) Join us at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences to discover the wide range of mathematical ideas that are used, explored and investigated in the Maths Faculty, with hands-on activities and a chance to meet and chat to research staff and students.

The event also offers a very rare opportunity to explore inside the fluids dynamics laboratory hidden beneath the lawn of one of the most beautiful modern buildings in Cambridge. Hands-on fluids activities and demonstratons will explore some of the diverse areas Cambridge applied mathematicians work on, from investigating how micro-organisms swim to predicting avalanches.

This free event is part of the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival. No booking needed - drop in throughout the event (12 noon - 4pm).


Public talks for the Cambridge Science Festival

Clueless Voting - Professor Imre Leader (DPMMS)

Tuesday 14 March 2017, 7.30pm

Venue: Mill Lane Lecture Rooms , 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RW

The starting point for this talk is the following obviously absurd question. Imagine that we are about to vote in a yes/no referendum, and we hope that the majority will get the answer 'right'. Unfortunately, each person is completely clueless about the answer. Professor Imre Leader, Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, will consider what we should do. No mathematical knowledge required!

The talk is free but admission is by ticket only. This event is organised by the Cambridge Science Festival office. For more information and to book tickets, please see the event listing on the Cambridge Science Festival website.

 

Our Dynamic Sun - Dr Helen Mason (DAMTP)

Tuesday 21 March 2017, 6pm

Venue: UTC Cambridge, Robinson Way, CB2 0SZ

The Sun, our star has just passed the peak of its activity cycle. Several solar space observatories have been watching the Sun over the past couple of decades: SoHO, Stereo, Hinode and the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Dr Helen Mason reviews what we have learnt about our dynamic Sun, in particular what we know (and don't yet know!) about sunspots, solar active regions and flares (huge explosions), and how the Sun affects the Earth's environment(space weather).

The talk is free but admission is by ticket only. This event is organised by the Cambridge Science Festival office. For more information and to book tickets, please see the event listing on the Cambridge Science Festival website.

 

Maths vs Disease - Dr Julia Gog (DAMTP)

Saturday 25 March 2017, 2pm

Venue: Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA

Can mathematics really help us in our fight against infectious disease? Join Dr Julia Gog to explore some exciting current research areas where mathematics is being used to study pandemics, viruses and everything in between, with a particular focus on influenza.

The talk is free but admission is by ticket only. For more information and to book tickets, please see the event page.


More information about the mathematics events planned for the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival can be found in the Cambridge Science Festival programme and the MMP outreach events listing page at maths.org/events. For advance notifications of future public events, you can also join the MMP events e-mailing list or follow the MMP on Twitter.