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Maths and Music Lecture April 23rd Thame |

Dr Thomas Woolley of Oxford University’s Mathematical Institute will give a lecture on ‘Maths and Music’ on Monday 23 April at Thame Town Hall, starting at 7.30pm. The abstract follows. Free tickets are available from Thame Town Hall.

Music is the expression of thoughts, ideas and feelings.Mathematics is the language of fact, rigour and knowledge. They seem separate, but they are linked. Join us on a tour of only a few of these connections and leave with an appreciation of both. Although Dr Woolley’s work mostly involves using mathematics to research the skin patterns of animals, he also spends much of his time explaining mathematics to the “man in the street”. Dr Woolley has been involved in a number of mathematical workshops, activities and talks for the public, such as the Mathemusica group which opened the Oxford Science Festival in March with a performance fusing mathematics and music. “As an academic I spend most of my time producing mathematics that very few people would understand”, says Dr Woolley, “The goal is to push back the boundaries of knowledge, make the unknown known, and pure mathematicians aside, make the world a better place”.

Source: Maths and Music Lecture April 23rd Thame.

‘School Of Hard Sums’ maths gameshow

School Of Hard Sums, the Dara O Briain-fronted maths game show from Dave (based on the Emmy-award nominated Japanese comedy-panel format Comaneci University Mathematics) starts an 8 episode run 16th April at 8pm on Dave. A page at the British Comedy Guide says:

Showing how maths underpins everything in the world around us, each programme sees two main problems for Dara to crack using numbers and equations, while a second comedian attempts a solution with more physical methods. To discover how many different people to date before choosing a partner, Dara uses the Optimal Stopping Theory; trying to predict a football score, Bayesian statistics come to Dara’s rescue.

Source: Dara O Briain: School Of Hard Sums.

Third IMA Virtual Branch talk: ‘Dissections – highlights from a masterclass’ by Bernard Murphy

The IMA has a series of online talks. The third in this series will be ‘Dissections – highlights from a masterclass’ by Bernard Murphy on Thursday 10th May 2012 starting at 7 pm. The following information is available on attending this:

This is to be the third IMA virtual branch talk and will take place in an online classroom.
To join the session navigate your internet browser to:
It could take a few minutes to get into the online room the first time, so you may wish to either try earlier in the day, or come a little before 7 pm. If you are unable to access the site, then click on the ‘Support’ link in the top right corner of the webpage.

No charge is made to attend meetings; non-IMA members are welcome.

IMA W. Mids 17 April: ‘Routing Military Convoys’ by Andy Verity-Harrison

On 17th April 2012 the West Midlands Branch of the IMA will hear ‘Routing Military Convoys’ by Andy Verity-Harrison. in Birmingham near New Street railway station. Non-members welcome, no charge is made. Abstract:

Current military operations emphasise the need for mobility more than ever. Thus, routing convoys so that they reach their correct destinations in the shortest time is important. However, the planning itself can be considerable and must be carried out quickly if operational tempo is to be maintained. With this in mind the military planning problem of simultaneously routing multiple convoys between multiple origin and destination locations was formulated as a combinatorial optimisation problem and used as a benchmark problem for investigating the applicability of a variety of optimisation methods to military decision making.

30th Anniversary LMS Popular Lectures: Gowers and Penrose

The 30th Anniversary LMS Popular Lectures will be given by Professor Sir Roger Penrose, FRS (University of Oxford) and Professor Tim Gowers, FRS (University of Cambridge).

The London Mathematical Society Popular Lectures present exciting topics in mathematics (and its applications) to a wide audience. The lectures are suitable for all who have an interest in mathematics. The lectures will held on Tuesday 26 June at the Institute of Education, London, from 7.00 – 9.30pm and repeated on Wednesday 26 September at King Edward School, Birmingham, from 6.30 – 9.00pm.

If you would like to be included on the Popular Lectures mailing list, please contact Elizabeth Fisher (

Further details: LMS Popular Lectures.