Sinopsis

Talking to people who use maths in their work. Aiming to encourage further uptake of maths at A-level and beyond. brought to you by the Further Maths Support Programme. The FMSP supports students and teachers in England with mathematics, and you can find out more at furthermaths.org.uk. Hosts: Peter Rowlett (Nottingham Trent University) and Katie Steckles.

Episodios

  • Episode 20: Calculus and fluid dynamics

    Episode 20: Calculus and fluid dynamics

    22/05/2015

    This week the topic was calculus and differentiation. We talked to Florencia Tettamanti, who’s a mathematician working on fluid dynamics. We talked about how Flo uses calculus to study the motion of fluids like air and water, and what it’s like to be a research mathematician. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 19: Computer games and mechanics

    Episode 19: Computer games and mechanics

    08/05/2015

    This week the topic was mechanics and friction. We interviewed Dan Hett, who works for CBBC writing computer games for their website. We talked about his work and how he uses a lot of mathematics in modelling how characters move, and making sure that’s done in a realistic way. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 18: Medical imaging and Fourier analysis

    Episode 18: Medical imaging and Fourier analysis

    24/04/2015

    This week the topic was Fourier analysis. We interviewed Heather Williams, who’s a medical physicist and works with Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanners, as well as other medical scanning devices. We talked about her work and how maths is important in converting data from the scanner into images that can be used to diagnose patients. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 17: Nuclear reactor modelling

    Episode 17: Nuclear reactor modelling

    27/03/2015

    This week the topic was mathematical modelling and linear programming. We interviewed Rick Crawford from AMEC, who’s a mathematician studying decommissioning of nuclear reactors, and using mathematical models to determine whether it’s safe to continue using a particular reactor given that it may have degraded over time, but without actually building a physical model of it. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 16: Actuarial science and normal distributions

    Episode 16: Actuarial science and normal distributions

    13/03/2015

    This week the topic was statistical distributions and actuarial science. We interviewed Richard Harland, who works in risk management for an insurance firm. We talked to him about his work as an actuary, and how he uses statistical distributions like the normal distribution to predict the probability of risky events. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 15: Accountancy and cash management

    Episode 15: Accountancy and cash management

    27/02/2015

    This week the topic was mathematics and money, and how maths is used in finance.We interviewed Sarah O’Rourke, who’s an accountant working on the problem of moving cash around to where it’s needed in cash machines. We discussed the ways she uses mathematical modelling to predict where demand for cash will be high, and also the other types of work that accountants do, and the different ways to become an accountant.Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 14: Maths and Art

    Episode 14: Maths and Art

    06/02/2015

    This week the topic was maths and art. We interviewed Edmund Harris, who spoke about his work using different media to engage people with mathematics, including his work creating art with a mathematical basis. We discussed his work with tilings and how he uses maths in his work. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 13: Vectors, matrices and hearing

    Episode 13: Vectors, matrices and hearing

    23/01/2015

    This week the topic was vectors and matrices. We interviewed Dave Langers, who studies the human brain, and how it processes hearing signals. We talked about how Dave uses matrices and vectors to store information from brain scans, which allow him to manipulate the information more easily. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 12: Regression and traffic management

    Episode 12: Regression and traffic management

    09/01/2015

    This week the topic was data analysis. We interviewed Judith Elgie from INRIX about her work as a data analyst, and how she uses computers to analyse and predict the movement of vehicles on the roads, to generate information about where traffic jams are and which roads are clear. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 11: Programming and boolean algebra

    Episode 11: Programming and boolean algebra

    12/12/2014

    This week the topic was boolean algebra. We interviewed Robie Basak, who's a computer programmer at Canonical, about his work on the Ubuntu operating system, and how he and his colleagues use mathematics and mathematical thinking in order to write computer software. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 10: Numbers, infinite and music

    Episode 10: Numbers, infinite and music

    28/11/2014

    This week the topic was types of numbers and infinity. We interviewed Dorothy Ker, who’s a musician and composer. We talked about the way Dorothy uses maths to inspire her creativity, as well as the types of maths that composers and musicians use. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 9: Structural engineering and coordinates

    Episode 9: Structural engineering and coordinates

    14/11/2014

    This week the topic was coordinate geometry and structural engineering. We interviewed John Read, who’s a structural engineer, about his work and how he uses mathematics to design structures and buildings. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 8: Packing Shapes and graphene

    Episode 8: Packing Shapes and graphene

    24/10/2014

    This week the topic was the most efficient way to pack shapes in 2D and 3D space. We interviewed Jacek Wychowaniec, who’s a scientist studying applications of materials science to biology. We talked about how he uses many different types of maths in his work, and how he’s been developing substances which can be used to help regrow damaged nerves. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 7: Astrophysics and trigonometry

    Episode 7: Astrophysics and trigonometry

    10/10/2014

    This week the topic was trigonometry. We interviewed Stephanie Yardley, who’s a solar physicist. We talked about the research Stephanie does into activity on the surface of the sun, and how she uses trigonometry to analyse data from satellites and telescopes. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 6: Exponential growth in Pensions

    Episode 6: Exponential growth in Pensions

    26/09/2014

    This week the topic was exponential growth, and pension investments. We interviewed Simon Perera from Lane, Clark & Peacock about his work as an actuary, what an actuary is and how it involves predicting the growth of investments. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 5: CERN and standard deviation

    Episode 5: CERN and standard deviation

    12/09/2014

    This week the topic was standard deviation. We interviewed Clara Nellist, who's a researcher at CERN Geneva, Switzerland. We talked to Clara about her work in the Large Hadron Collider and how she uses standard deviation as a measure of how reliable the results are. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 4: Nautical Radar and quadratic equations

    Episode 4: Nautical Radar and quadratic equations

    18/07/2014

    This week the topic was quadratic equations and their applications. We interviewed Colin Wright, who works on radar systems for coordinating and tracking ships and boats. This is the last episode of this short run. We'll be back with more after the summer. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 3: Cellular automata, graph theory and brains

    Episode 3: Cellular automata, graph theory and brains

    11/07/2014

    In this episode, we talk about cellular automata - including the Game of Life - and graph theory, and interviewed Jonathan Crofts from Nottingham Trent University about his research on complex networks in neuroscience. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 2: Statistical sampling in archaeology

    Episode 2: Statistical sampling in archaeology

    04/07/2014

    In this episode we interviewed Alison Atkin from the University of Sheffield about her work as an archaeology PhD student, and how she uses statistical sampling to gather data about victims of the plague. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

  • Episode 1: Crime Scene Investigation, forensic science and Bayes theorem

    Episode 1: Crime Scene Investigation, forensic science and Bayes' theorem

    24/06/2014

    This week the topic was Bayesian statistics. We interviewed Emma Rixon from Nottingham Trent University about her work as a crime scene investigator and how forensic science uses Bayesian probabilities.Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths.org.uk/podcasts

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