How Maths Can Save Your Life – Professor Chris Budd OBE

Gresham Lecture: How Maths Can Save Your Life – Professor Chris Budd OBE

Many of us have been in a medical scanner and benefited from its use in medical diagnostics. But how many of us have considered how it works? The maths behind modern medical imaging (showing how CAT, MRI and Ultrasound scanners work) will be explained, showing how mathematics done in 1915 is now saving countless numbers of lives. 

Recent advances in mathematics are leading to much better images for doctors to use for their diagnoses; and similar methods and ideas are used in diverse applications such as remote sensing, oil prospecting, crime detection, studying bees and saving the whales.



Energetic Mathematics – Professor Chris Budd

Gresham Lecture: Energetic Mathematics – Professor Chris Budd

The annual consumption of electricity in the UK is 300 TWh, supplied over a complex network starting, usually, with power being generated at a power station. This is then transmitted over a high voltage network, before being reduced in voltage and distributed to commercial, industrial and residential consumers. Mathematics is vital in ensuring that the lights stay on as the planners of the grid need to solve non-linear differential-algebraic equations to work out how much electricity can be generated, distributed and stored. These challenges will increase in the future.


Mathematical Materials – Professor Chris Budd OBE

Gresham Lecture: Mathematical Materials – Professor Chris Budd OBE

We all rely on materials: natural ones like wood and stone – or manufactured ones such as steel, glass and concrete. With modern technology, we can now design and manufacture meta-materials with a wide variety of mechanical, electrical, thermal and other properties. These often have different properties, combined in a complex manner. The resulting behaviour of the material emerges from the way that the properties interact, which can be very different from the sum of the parts. The mathematics needed to design and study such materials is rich and challenging.


Meet Talitha Washington, an activist, mathematician, and professor – Chalkdust Magazine

In conversation with Talitha Washington

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“Talitha Washington is a professor of mathematics at Howard University who is passionate about improving ethnic minority access to STEM subjects in the USA. Talitha, whose name comes from the Biblical verse “Talitha cumi”, literally meaning “little girl, get up!”, introduces herself as an activist, a mathematician, and a professor.”