# Category: Mathematics and Society

## Faces of Women in Mathematics – International Women’s Day 2018

Faces of Women in Mathematics – International Women’s Day 2018

‘A mathematician from Loughborough University and her filmmaker sister have produced a short film for International Women’s Day this year featuring cameos by women mathematicians around the globe. Eugenie Hunsicker and Irina Linke were inspired by the work of the Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM) of the International Mathematical Union, the global professional society supporting mathematicians and mathematics. A request for selfie film clips was sent around the world through the CWM Ambassadors list, and resulted in a phenomenal response—146 clips of 243 women mathematicians from 36 different countries and speaking 31 different languages.

“We didn’t expect to get nearly as many people sending in their clips as we did–it’s been phenomenal, but busy as we’ve done it all in just over a month,” said Hunsicker.’

## Maryam Mirzakhani’s success showed us the challenges women in maths still face – Vicky Neale

Maryam Mirzakhani’s success showed us the challenges women in maths still face

via University of Oxford’s MPLS Insights

Dr Vicky Neale, Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute, discusses the work of Maryam Mirzakhani in an article first published on The Conversation.

## Maths Goes Into Space – Chris Budd, Gresham Lecture

Chris Budd: “Space science is one of HM Government’s ‘eight great technologies’. In this lecture I will explain the mathematics behind satellites, showing how they are controlled, how they are sent to distant planets and how they transmit and receive data over vast distances.

I will also explain how GPS systems work and show how General Relativity plays a vital role in making GPS systems so accurate. I will finish by showing a link between space science and Origami.”

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: Maths Goes Into Space – Professor Chris Budd OBE

## 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.