What’s the Use of Maths Anyway? – Adrian Rice

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Date(s) – 16/12/2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Boardroom C219


Professor Adrian Rice (Randolph-Macon College, Virginia, U.S.A)

Mathematics often has the reputation of being hard, abstract and of no use in the real world. Even today, most people only associate maths with school!  But, as we all know, mathematics is a frontier area of scientific research, a central force in the growth of technology, and a major influence on human culture and civilisation. The challenge is getting this message across. In this talk, I will give a few examples of mathematical topics that seemed “useless” for hundreds of years, but which suddenly became essential to the practice of science, and thus, by extension, to the way we live our everyday lives.

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