The Cambridge University Mathematical Society

Upcoming Events — Lent 2020

Unless otherwise stated, the talks are held at 7pm in MR2 at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences (the CMS), Wilberforce Road.

28th February 2020 — Prof. Gabriel Paternain (University of Cambridge)

The non-abelian X-ray transform

I will describe the mathematics that underpins new experiments designed to measure magnetic fields inside materials by shooting them with neutron beams from different directions, like in a CT scan. The problem is packed with some beautiful geometry and analysis, where the star of the show is a matrix in SO(3) obtained by solving a suitable linear ODE along straight lines in the plane. Very little will be needed to formulate and understand the problem: IA Differential Equations and Groups.

6th March 2020 — Prof. Richard Samworth (University of Cambridge)

How Statistics is changing the world

Even when data were relatively scarce in the 20th century, Statistics was already having enormous impact: think of the increase in global life expectancy due to randomised controlled trials, or the effect of the design of experiments on agricultural crop yields. These days, data are ubiquitous, and the potential of statistical methods is even greater, from driverless cars to medical imaging, and from climate change to cancer genetics. This talk will be a whistlestop tour of some of these developments, designed to highlight the demand and opportunities for well-trained, modern statisticians.

Past events