This talk is based on the book of the same title by David Mumford, Caroline Series and David Wright. It tells the story of the authors’ computer explorations of some simple but repeated operations on complex numbers, whose interactions produce delicate and beautiful fractals. Illustrating with many pictures, we will explain the geometry and algorithms which generate the images, behind which lie a wealth of mathematical meaning and questions for further research. More of these `Kleinian fractals’ and software for generating your own designs can be found on the web.
Professor Caroline Series FRS is a pure mathematician known for her work on symbolic coding of geodesics on hyperbolic surfaces and for novel contributions to the study of three-dimensional hyperbolic manifolds via their fractal limit sets. Her beautiful book Indra’s Pearls, coauthored by D. Mumford and D. Wright, gives some background flavour. In 1986 Prof Series was a founder member of European Women in Mathematics, and in 2015 she became the first vice-chair of the International Mathematical Union’s Committee for Women in Mathematics. Prof Series is currently President-Designate of the London Mathematical Society 2017.
In July, Anitha Thillaisundaram visited the University of Duesseldorf and made significant progress on her joint paper “The normal Hausdorff spectrum of pro-p groups” with Benjamin Klopsch and Amaia Zugadi-Reizabal. Her other joint paper “Maximal subgroups and irreducible representations of generalised multi-edge spinal groups” with Benjamin Klopsch has been accepted by the Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society.
The Cassini spacecraft has been in orbit around Saturn since 2004. The unprecedented detail of over a decade’s worth of observations of Saturn, its rings and many moons has helped us further understand our Solar System. With Saturn being placed onto a direct collision with Saturn in the later part of 2017 we are expecting the most exciting science to come from these more risky manoeuvres. We will recap some of the most important and exciting discoveries that Cassini has made over the following decade along with its very last contributions to science.
Phil Sutton graduated in Physics with Astrophysics from Nottingham Trent University. He worked at the physics department of Loughborough University for 10 years where he also completed a PhD degree on Saturn’s narrow F ring. One of aims of his work was to create numerical models to replicate observations taken by the Cassini spacecraft.
The LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider is designed to search for new phenomena in heavy quark (beauty and charm) systems, which could ultimately explain why we live in a universe made of matter and not antimatter, as well as giving insight into the origin of dark matter in the Universe. This talk will focus on the latest results from the LHC: the precision measurements that benchmark the Standard Model; the results that tantalisingly deviate from the Standard Model; and the discovery of many new particles, including pentaquarks.
One of the biggest questions humans can ask is, “Are we alone?” Does Earth harbour the only life in the universe? Everyone has an opinion on this question, but as scientists, we want to know. A first step is to find other planets like the Earth, planets with rocky surfaces and liquid water where conditions are similar to home. The Kepler Space Mission has done this. With the discovery of nearly 5000 planets orbiting other stars Kepler has revolutionised our view. It has found entire solar systems orbiting other stars and it has even found planets orbiting double stars: Yes, Luke Skywalker’s fictional home planet Tatooine really does exist out there. The Kepler mission measured the brightnesses of 200,000 stars for four years, giving us a view of the stars 100 times more precise than is possible from the ground. From this a jewel box, exotic stars have been discovered, and astrophysics that used to be purely theoretical is now also observational. This talk introduces the concepts of asteroseismology and shows a selection of exciting results from the Kepler mission in a multi-media performance of science, animations and the physics of music and the stars. The speaker is a co-author of the fundamental textbook, “Asteroseismology” and Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Dr Stephen P. Glasby from the University of Western Australia’s Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation visited Dr Simon Smith at the University of Lincoln School of Mathematics and Physics this week.
In 2001 I created a Freshman Seminar class at the University of Minnesota entitled: “Everything I Know About Science I Learned from Reading Comic Books.” This is a real physics class, that covers topics from Isaac Newton to the transistor, but there’s not an inclined plane or pulley in sight. Rather, ALL the examples come from superhero comic books, and as much as possible, those cases where the superheroes get their physics right!
This class drew a great deal of media attention in 2002 with the release of the first Spider-Man film, and led to my writing a popular science book THE PHYSICS OF SUPERHEROES. My talk will show how superhero comic books can be used to illustrate fundamental physics principles. For example, was it “the fall” or “the webbing” that killed Gwen Stacy, Spider-Man’s girlfriend in the classic Amazing Spider-Man # 121? How does Kitty Pryde from the X-Men comics and movies use quantum mechanics to walk through walls? Why does the Flash become heavier as he tries to run at the speed of light? All this, and the answers to such important real life questions as the chemical composition of Captain America’s shield, and who is faster: Superman or the Flash? will be discussed.
Brief Biography:
James Kakalios is the Taylor Distinguished Professor in the University of Minnesota’s School of Physics and Astronomy. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago in 1985; he worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the Xerox – Palo Alto Research Center; and then in 1988, having had enough of those California winters, joined the faculty of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota. His popular science book THE PHYSICS OF SUPERHEROES was published in 2005 in the U.S. and the U.K., and has been translated into German, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Italian. The SPECTACULAR SECOND EDITION was published in November 2009, and his second book THE AMAZING STORY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS was released in October 2010. His next book, THE PHYSICS OF EVERYDAY THINGS: THE EXTRAORDINARY SCIENCE OF AN ORDINARY DAY will be published by Crown Books in May 2017. In 2007, in response to a request from the National Academy of Sciences, he served as the science consultant for the Warner Bros. superhero film Watchmen. In 2009 Kakalios made a short video on the Science of Watchmen, which was viewed over 1.8 million times on youtube.com. This video won an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy award in the alternative Media: Arts/Entertainment category in 2009 and was nominated for a WEBBY award in 2010. His research interests include nanocrystalline and amorphous semiconductors, pattern formation in sandpiles and fluctuation phenomena in neurological systems. He was the Chair of the American Physical Society (A.P.S.) Committee on Informing the Public, Past-Chair of the A.P.S. Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public, winner of the 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Public Engagement with Science Award, and the 2016 Andrew Gemant Award for outreach efforts from the American Institute of Physics. He has been reading comic books longer than he has been studying physics.
The University of Lincoln has hosted a EDT Headstart residential, where thirty students in Year 12 from all over the country have stayed from 10th to 13th July to get an introduction to university life at Lincoln, to visit the facilities of our campus, but especially to experience several lectures and workshops in Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering. Two of the three half-day sessions devoted to academic tasters were held by the School of Mathematics and Physics, and coordinated by Dr Sandro Mattarei. Three hours in the morning and three in the afternoon of 11th July the students enjoyed the following sessions:
View original post 96 more words
As I argue in my paper, the current crisis in the school level mathematics education is a sign that it reaches a bifurcation point and is under increasing pressure to split in two streams:
* education for a selected minority of children / young people who, in their adult lives, will be filling increasingly small share of jobs which really require mathematical competence (I call them mathematical makers); and
** basic numeracy and mathematics awareness classes for the rest of population, end users of technology saturated by mathematics invisible to them.
In my talk, I will discuss challenges in mathematics education which will arise from this split. This is a theme which is rarely discussed in the mathematics education literature. It demands re-thinking of basic assumptions underpinning the mainstream mathematics education. I invite the audience to an open discussion of a difficult problem:
What is Mathematics Education, Really?
In the changing socio-economic environment of mathematics, it needs to be addressed from the first principles.
Professor Alexandre Borovik is a member of the Advisory Board of School of Mathematics and Physics of University of Lincoln. He graduated from Novosibirsk University (Russia), where he also received his PhD in 1982. He held academic positions at the Russian Academy of Sciences, the University of California, Irvine, and at Rutgers University, USA. Since 1992 he works at UMIST and University of Manchester. His research interests are focused on group theory, model theory and combinatorics. He has published over 80 research papers and 3 research monographs in mathematics and a post-graduate level textbook. He is a member of the Council of the London Mathematical Society (and served on its Programme, Research Meetings, and Education Committees) and of the Council of the British Logic Colloquium. Professor Borovik is also well-known for his interest in the philosophy of mathematics and mathematical education, on which he published the book Mathematics under the Microscope (AMS, 2010).
Sergey Chulkov and Matt Watkins helped to deliver the 2017 CP2K user tutorial on ‘Advanced ab-initio MD methods’ at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
CP2K is a multinational open-source code for simulating material properties at an atomistic scale.