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**2016**: Charles Simonyi

**2015**: Dr Rebekah Higgitt

**2014**: Prof Ian Stewart

**2013**: Dr Colva Roney-Dougal

**2012**: Kjartan Poskitt

**2011**: Prof Reidun Twarock

**2008:** Prof David Banks

**2007:** Prof Raymond Goldstein

**2006:** Dr Robert Hunt

**2005:** Dr Robert Hunt

**2004:** Prof Sir John Kingman

**2003:** Dr Robert Hunt

**2002:** Prof Michael Green

## Charles Simonyi

### High-tech Pioneer and Philanthropist

**Title:**

Practicalities of orbital space travel

**Date:**

Saturday 19 March 2015

__Time__:

11.00-12.00

__Venue__:

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Science

20 Clarkson Road

Cambridge

CB3 OEH

Charles Simonyi, the Hungarian-born former Microsoft software developer, is a high-tech pioneer and philanthropist as well as a space traveller. Simonyi’s lifelong fascination with space exploration started with a contest he won as a teen that gave him a chance to meet Soviet astronauts.

*Suitable for ages 14+*

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## Dr Rebekah Higgitt

### Lecturer, University of Kent

**Title:**

Longitude Found!

**Date:**

Saturday 21 March 2014

__Time__:

11.00-12.00

__Venue__:

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Science

20 Clarkson Road

Cambridge

CB3 OEH

Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that the longitude problem was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Join Dr Rebekah Higgitt (University of Kent ) who will tell the fascinating longitude story together with tales of scientific endeavour, challenges and rewards, daring and danger, feuds and skull-duggery!

*Suitable for ages 14+*

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## Prof Ian Stewart FRS

### Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, University of Warwick

**Title:**

Mathematical Patterns in Animal Markings

**Date:**

Saturday 22 March 2014

__Time__:

15.00-16.00

__Venue__:

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Science

20 Clarkson Road

Cambridge

CB3 OEH

Tigers have stripes, leopards have spots, and some cows have large irregular patches. How do these patterns in animal markings arise? About 60 years ago, Alan Turing showed his colleagues a drawing with irregular black-and-white patches, asking them whether they agreed that it looked like a cow. In 1952 he published ‘the chemical basis of morphogenesis’, suggesting a chemical process to create animal markings, and a mathematical equation describing that process. These ‘Turing equations’ lead to patterns that are remarkably similar to those found on many animals, including complex stripes on fish and intricate patterns on seashells. Recently biologists have started to work out exactly which molecules and genes are involved. The talk will be an informal and highly illustrated discussion of these patterns.

*Suitable for ages 15+*

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## Colva Roney-Dougal

### Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics at the University of St Andrews

**Title:**

Party Hard! The Maths of Connections

**Date:**

Saturday 23 March 2013

__Time__:

11.00-12.00

__Venue__:

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Science

20 Clarkson Road

Cambridge

CB3 OEH

How many guests need to come to a party, to guarantee that at least five of them either all know each other or are mutual strangers? Join Dr Colva Roney-Dougal and see some unexpected applications of the maths behind this still-unsolved problem, from modelling flu epidemics to galaxy formation.

*Suitable for ages 14+*

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## Kjartan Poskitt

**Title:**

Murderous Maths

**Date:**

Saturday 24 March 2012

__Time__:

14.00-15.00

__Venue__:

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Science

20 Clarkson Road

Cambridge

CB3 OEH

An entertaining, interactive and hilarious look at the wonderful world of maths.

Ever wondered how to make your birthday twice as long or how to cut something in half but keep it in one piece? Join Kjartan Poskitt, author of the acclaimed "Murderous Maths" series for an hour of hilarious mathematical fun with flexagons, magic squares, strange number facts, knots, tricks, codes, amazing number predictions and much more. Lots of audience participation required!

*Suitable for Ages 8+*

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## Prof Reidun Twarock

### Professor of Mathematical Biology at the University of York

**Title:**

Viruses under the Mathematical Microscope: Deciphering the Code of Viral Geometry

**Date:**

Saturday 26 March 2011

__Time__:

12.30-13.00

__Venue__:

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Science

20 Clarkson Road

Cambridge

CB3 OEH

Viruses, such as hepatitis and the common cold, have highly ordered protein containers that encapsulate the viral genomic material. They act as Trojan horses, transporting the genomic material inside a cell to hijack the cellular mechanism and produce new viruses. Insights in how these capsids are organised are key to understanding how viruses work and how they can be defeated. In this talk, Reidun Twarock will explore virus architecture under the mathematical microscope. We will show that symmetry plays a key role for virus structure, and that mathematical tools similar to those used in the study of Penrose tilings provide novel insights that shed new light on viral evolution and on how viruses infect their hosts.

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## Prof David Banks

### Professor of Statistics at Duke University

**Title:**

Discovery In High Dimensions

**Date:**

Saturday 15 March 2008

__Time__:

11.00-12.00

__Venue__:

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Science

20 Clarkson Road

Cambridge

CB3 OEH

Scientists collect data about genes, stars, and human behavior. Corporations collect data about purchases and products. The government collects data about people and policies. Professor Banks will discuss how these data contain important hidden structure, and the new kinds of statistical procedures that are able to discover it.

*Suitable for ages 14+*

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## Prof Raymond Goldstein

### Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems at Cambridge University

**Title:**

How the Stalactite got its shape

**Date:**

Saturday 24 March 2007

__Time__:

11.00-11.45

__Venue__:

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Science

20 Clarkson Road

Cambridge

CB3 OEH

Discussion on his group's recent work - both experimental and theoretical - on the unusual shapes into which stalactites naturally grow.

## Dr Robert Hunt

### Deputy Director, Isaac Newton Institute

**Title:**

Maths at Work in the Real World

**Date:**

Saturday 25 March 2006

__Time__:

12.00-13.00

__Venue__:

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Science

20 Clarkson Road

Cambridge

CB3 OEH

Explain how mathematics, which can sometimes seem abstract and irrelevant, is at work in our everyday lives. All around us, from tools which we use on a daily basis (such as mobile phones) through to scientific advances in medicine (such as PET scanners), are examples of how high-powered mathematics is responsible for things that we take for granted in the modern world. And maths turns up in nature in the most unexpected ways!

The talk will take a light-hearted tour around the usefulness of maths in the real world and will try to explain what the point of studying maths is anyway; concluding with a challenge to find any aspect of life, the world or the Universe which is not intimately related to maths. The talk will definitely be aimed at non-experts.

## Dr Robert Hunt

### Deputy Director, Isaac Newton Institute

**Title:**

Mathematics Past, Present and Beyond

**Date:**

Saturday 19 March 2005

__Time__:

11.00-12.00

__Venue__:

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Science

20 Clarkson Road

Cambridge

CB3 OEH

Dr Robert Hunt takes us on a whistle stop journey through mathematical ideas from the past to the present and beyond.

Find out how mathematics has shaped our lives so far and how it will continue to do so in the future.

## Professor Sir John Kingman

### Director, Isaac Newton Institute

**Title:**

Chance and Probability

**Date:**

Saturday 20 March 2004

__Time__:

11.00-12.00

__Venue__:

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Science

20 Clarkson Road

Cambridge

CB3 OEH

Professor Sir John Kingman will explain how even the most unpredictable things in the world can be studied mathematically. Maths often deals with things that change in a very predictable way, like the planets going round the sun. But much in life is quite unpredictable: the weather, the stock market, football results and so on. Can maths say anything about these? The answer lies in ideas of probability, an old but rapidly developing branch of mathematics. You will not learn to predict the future, but you may be able to move the odds in your favour.

## Dr Robert Hunt

### Deputy Director, Isaac Newton Institute

**Title:**

Maths at Work in the Real World

**Date:**

Saturday 22 March 2003

__Time__:

16.00-17.00

__Venue__:

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Science

20 Clarkson Road

Cambridge

CB3 OEH

Dr Hunt will explain how mathematics, which can sometimes seem abstract and irrelevant, is at work in our everyday lives. All around us, from tools which we use on a daily basis (such as mobile phones) through to scientific advances in medicine (such as PET scanners), are examples of how high-powered mathematics is responsible for things that we take for granted in the modern world. And maths turns up in nature in the most unexpected ways! The talk will take a light-hearted tour around the usefulness of maths in the real world and will try to explain what the point of studying maths is anyway; concluding with a challenge to find any aspect of life, the world or the Universe which is not intimately related to maths. The talk will definitely be aimed at non-experts.

*Suitable for ages 14+*

## Prof Michael Green

**Title:**

String Theory - Tying it all up

**Date:**

Saturday 23 March 2002

__Time__:

11.00-12.00

__Venue__:

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Science

20 Clarkson Road

Cambridge

CB3 OEH

This talk will describe the way in which string theory unifies the laws of physics and is radically altering our ideas about the nature of the universe at the smallest and largest distance scales.

*Suitable for ages 16+*