Your Mathematics alumni newsletter
Welcome to our new Entrepreneur in Residence
The Cambridge Mathematics departments are delighted to welcome Dr Ewan Kirk as our first Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence.
The Royal Society’s Entrepreneur in Residence scheme enables universities to partner with successful entrepreneurs and business leaders to help build the skills of staff and students. As a Mathematics alumnus, technology entrepreneur, early-stage investor and philanthropist, Ewan Kirk brings a wealth of experience to this exciting new role.
"I like to describe [entrepreneurialism] as a kind of fractal approach to things that are important," he says. We talked to him to learn more.
In conversation with Ewan Kirk
In this video interview Dr Ewan Kirk discusses his route from mathematics to finance, what entrepreneurialism is all about, and what he is planning to do as Entrepreneur in Residence.
Fermat's Last Theorem: from history to new mathematics
On 23 June 1993, Andrew Wiles gave a lecture at the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge that ended in thunderous applause. Wiles had just announced a proof for a tantalising claim that had defied solution for over 350 years: Fermat's Last Theorem.
30 years on, Sir Andrew Wiles, Professor Tom Körner and Professor Jack Thorne share their personal perspectives on one of the most famous stories in mathematical history, and explain how Wiles's proof opened the door to exciting new advances in which researchers from the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics are playing a leading role.
Professor Ivan Smith elected Fellow of the Royal Society
Ivan Smith, Professor of Geometry in the Department for Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.
"I am surprised, delighted and hugely honoured," he says. "I've been very fortunate to work in a rapidly advancing field." Discover more about Ivan Smith's work in symplectic topology, and how it brings together many subjects and ideas.
Research updates: new insights for climate models and mapping dark matter
New research reveals the most detailed map of dark matter distributed across a quarter of the entire sky, reaching deep into the cosmos. The findings have been released by the international Atacama Cosmology Telescope collaboration, including Professor Blake Sherwin from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and his team.
How giant underwater waves affect heat and carbon storage
Our oceans are a turbulent world. "Beneath the surface of the water, there are jets, currents, and waves," says Dr Laura Cimoli from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. "In the deep ocean, these waves can be up to 500 metres high, but they break just like a wave on a beach."
Research by Laura Cimoli and colleagues has shed new light on the role these complex dynamics play in how the ocean absorbs heat and carbon, revealing the importance of including small-scale turbulence in climate models.
Making a difference: mapping the impact of maths
The impact of the Faculty’s research and outreach has been highlighted in a new report and interactive map produced by the University. From helping inform treatment decisions for cancer patients to underpinning the technology employed in a billion smartphones, discover how our mathematics research, outreach and engagement is making a difference.
Unlocking the potential of blood tests for public and individual health
Researchers from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics are helping to develop one of the largest-scale applications yet of machine learning in medicine and healthcare. The innovative BloodCounts! project was awarded £1 million in pledged development funding by the global Trinity Challenge. It offers a simple, affordable, and scalable solution to predict infectious disease outbreaks and provide early diagnosis for individual care.
PhD perspectives: Daniel Kreuter
Daniel Kreuter is a PhD student in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. He tells us about his work on the BloodCounts! project, and what it's like making the jump from studying interesting theory to conducting research that could have a positive impact on millions of patients worldwide.
Student stories: summer research placements
The Mathematics Faculty runs a thriving programme of summer research projects and industrial placement opportunities for students. We talked to two undergraduate alumni of the programme to learn more.
Student snapshots: Emma Beniston
Emma Beniston is currently in the third year (Part II) of her undergraduate Mathematics degree at Cambridge. She tells us about her summer internship working alongside researchers on the flu virus, life as a mathematics student, and what she hopes to do next.
Student snapshots: Daniel Kaddaj
Daniel Kaddaj is a third year (Part II) Mathematics undergraduate. He tells us about what drew him to maths, his summer internship in statistics and probability theory which enabled him to experience life as a researcher, and random walks on unusual shapes.