Room C219, College Building, Hendon campus, London, NW4 4BT.
Mathematics often has a reputation for 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, Professor Adrian Rice of Randolph-Macon College, Virginia, US, will give a few examples of mathematical topics that seemed 'useless' for hundreds of years, but suddenly became essential to the practice of science, and thus, by extension, to the way we live our everyday lives.
Everyone is welcome but places are limited, if you would like to attend then please email Matthew Jones.