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How to use Mathematics to see the world?

What is this talk/activity about?

While mathematics is often regarded as extraneous to our everyday experience, it is in fact central to our understanding of the world in which we live. This talk will trace the fascinating development of the key ideas that make mathematics so effective when we try to make sense of our environment, or in some sense, to see our world as it really is. The story will combine the genius of Archimedes with exciting discoveries of generations of mathematicians that came after him to present cutting edge ideas that form the basis of modern data analysis.

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Key Stages 4-5 (Years 11-13, ages 15-18 years, second year of GCSEs and A Level study or equivalent)

General Public (Adults, All Ages)

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