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Maths: A Matter of Life and Death

Maths: A Matter of Life and Death

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  •  2 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4JH
Suitable for: Adults
Kit Yates is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Biology at the University of Bath and a popular science writer. Kit’s research has demonstrated, unexpectedly, that mathematics c... More Info »
This Funzing Experience:
This fascinating talk will relate true stories of life-changing events in which the use (or abuse) of mathematics has played a critical role.

We will meet athletes banned by faulty tests and patients crippled by faulty genes; innocent victims of miscarriages of justice and the unwitting victims of mathematical bugs.

We follow stories of investors who have lost fortunes and parents who have lost children, all because of mathematical misunderstanding.

We wrestle with ethical issues from abortion to anti-vaccination and examine pertinent societal issues like medical screening, political referenda, disease prevention and criminal justice, on all of which mathematics has something profound or significant to say.

Kit Yates is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Biology at the University of Bath and a popular science writer. Kit’s research has demonstrated, unexpectedly, that mathematics can be used to describe all sorts of phenomena from embryo formation to locust swarming and from sleeping sickness to egg-shell patterning. He is particularly interested in the role that randomness plays in Biology. His research into Mathematical Biology has been covered by a wide range of media outlets.

Along side his academic position, Kit is also a burgeoning author and science communicator. His first book, “The Maths of Life and Death“, came out in September 2019 and was named as one of the Sunday Times Science books of 2019.

Venue: Sink Pong

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.

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This fascinating talk will relate true stories of life-changing events in which the use (or abuse) of mathematics has played a critical role. We will meet athletes banned by faulty tests and patients crippled by faulty genes; innocent victims of... Read More
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