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Maths is all around you

Dr Mark McCartney and Dr Colin Turner will give two talks showing the importance of mathematics in engineering, science and everyday life.
What
  • Audience: Secondary Students - 5th / 6th Year
  • Location: Ulster
When Oct 17, 2011
from 04:30 AM to 06:30 PM
Where University of Ulster, Jordanstown
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10:00am Dr Mark McCartney will present ‘Who needs mathematics now that we have computers?’ Sometimes it is easy to think that computers can solve all the problems we might have in science and engineering and that maths is for people who don't get out very much. But mathematics, and mathematicians are crucial in science and engineering, indeed mathematics is the most important language in the universe.

“In this talk we will look at what computers can't do, what mathematics can do, we'll read a poem by Seamus Heaney, and find out where traffic jams come from” says Dr Mark McCartney who promises that this lecture will be an illuminating experience.

11.00am            Dr Colin Turner will then present  ‘Proving the Obviously Untrue’
Mathematics helps us to understand the patterns and structures all around us in everything from science and engineering to art and music.This talk will look at how mathematics can help us explore our flawed assumptions about the way things work and deepen our understanding. There will be an opportunity for audience members to help with some
simple experiments. Dr Turner’s lecture
will be an interactive event.