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The University of York Mathematics Society - Our aim is to enhance the social experience of students, expand academic opportunities in mathematics and forge strong relations for our members to use in future careers and beyond

The Ace of Spades: Death and Misfortune in the world of Mathematical Biology

The Ace of Spades"Mathematics likes to think it is all about perfection: creating beautiful proofs which will remain true forever. That's fine, but it's only part of the story. The mathematics of uncertainty is fascinating and elegant in its own right and (more importantly for me) it very often gets to the very essence of how the real world works.

As well as some historical context about mathematical biology in general, I'll try to give an overview of where uncertainty can play fascinating roles in important practical applications. I'll give examples from my research, including why fish swim, why little old ladies break their bones, why marine reserves might not be such a good idea for conservation, and why Lemmy left Hawkwind to form Motorhead in 1975. But don't quote me on any of this."

This will be our last lecture of the year! Join us, 7.30pm Wednesday 1st May (week 2), in P/L/002. We will be going to The Lounge for drinks after.

This lecture series is designed to get you thinking about mathematics in a way that ordinary lectures struggle to do - by taking a look at the 'big picture' and the wider motivation and inspiration behind our subject.

Join the Facebook group now to let us know you will be attending: https://www.facebook.com/events/355913874509993/

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