Maths and the making of the modern world

Chris Budd, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath, will be looking at how much the modern world relies on maths in a free public lecture on Wednesday 16 May.

We live in a world dominated by technology, from the Internet to the IPad and the mobile phone to GPS.  Yet how many of us realise that all of this technology is based on mathematics, and that without maths the modern world would not exist.

In this talk Professor Budd describes the maths that makes internet giants like Google function, and is behind the programming of the iPod and the mobile phone. He will also show how maths had led to the modern information revolution. No previous knowledge of maths is needed, but please bring your imagination!

Chris Budd’s research involves applying maths to industry and he works on such varied projects as weather forecasting, radar, electricity supply, alternative energy, microwave cooking and the mathematics of dancing. A passionate populariser of maths he is also Chair of Maths at the Royal Institution and a Fellow of the British Science Association.

This lecture is part of the University’s General University Lecture Programme. Others in the series include:

30 May – Ms Mary Dunst looks back at one of the famous figures of the Victorian literary world, Honorary Mayoress of Bath, Madame Sarah Grand.

13 June – Mr Andrew Ryan will examine the current and future challenges to sport as well as the economics of the Olympic Movement and the position of the UK in the global sports matrix.

The lecture is taking place on campus in Lecture Theatre 5 West 2.3 and starts at 5.15pm. Free parking is available in the University’s West Car Park after 5pm.

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