On 3rd December 2014 some of our Maths students from Years 11, 12 and 13 travelled to St. Swithun’s School in Winchester for Maths Inspiration. We listened to three speakers, then a question and answer session. The talks were interesting and engaging. The speakers we listened to were:
Rob Eastaway: From Pepsi to Peace Deals –
- A famous Coca Cola advertisement used the line “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony”. Yet Coca Cola and Pepsi have been competing viciously with each other for decades. Collaboration and competition are everywhere around us, and mathematics and game theory can tell us a lot about why peace, harmony and love are not quite as easy to achieve as the songs might suggest.
Jennifer Rogers :Yeah, But Is It Significant? –
- You’ve just tossed a coin ten times and eight of them were heads. Queens Park Rangers win their first five games of the next Premiership season. In clinical trials for a new treatment for ebola, a slightly higher percentage recover than without the treatment,. But so what, sometimes these things happen just by chance, right? As a statistician, it is Jen’s job to decide whether any differences she sees in data are likely to be just by chance, or whether they are ‘statistically significant’. But how much evidence do you need before you can say that what you see is significant?
Paul Shepherd: Raising the Roof at Rio –
- No sooner has it finished hosting The World Cup, than Rio de Janeiro in Brazil must turn its attention to preparing for an even bigger sporting event, The Olympics. And while Wayne Rooney and Jessica Ennis get most of the media attention, behind the scenes the real heroes are the people who design and build the spectacular stadiums. Mathematician and Structural Engineer Paul Shepherd, recently returned from Brazil, explains why maths is vital in ensuring that these events are a huge success… especially when it comes to building the roof.