Instant Expert: Mathematics in the Real World

Instant Expert: Mathematics in the Real World

New Scientist presents…Instant Expert: Mathematics in the Real WorldMathematics underpins almost everything. From the algorithms that rule the digital age to the basic principles of nature, mathematics is front and centre. So come to our one-day masterclass to really get to grips with the language of the universe, as six experts lead you through the wonderful world of mathematics.


  • Eugenia Cheng, mathematician and scientist-in-residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an Honorary Fellow in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield
  • Helen Wilson, professor of applied mathematics at University College London
  • Holly Krieger, lecturer, director of studies and fellow in maths at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge
  • Chris Budd, professor of applied mathematics at the University of Bath
  • Adam Kucharski, assistant professor and Sir Henry Dale Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • James Grime, mathematician and panel tutor in cryptography, formerly of University of Cambridge
  • Hosted by Timothy Revell, New Scientist technology editor and reporter
  • Overview:The impact of mathematics in the real world is hard to understate. Public health, economics, gambling, the universe, computers, quantum mechanics, social media, and more are all understood through the lens of mathematics. Despite this mathematics is often ignored, loathed, or misunderstood. To remedy this injustice, our six experts with guide you through a smorgasbord of tasty mathematical treats to blow your mind. How intelligent bots beat human poker players, sending secret messages using the Enigma machine, music, Euclid, and art, will all be covered. But does all the mathematics we need already exist? Far from it. Mathematicians are squirreling away day and night to crack the toughest mind-melting mathematical challenges. Our speakers will talk you through the latest news from the frontiers of mathematics, and equip you with the knowledge needed to truly penetrate some of the most exciting developments in recent years.

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