Episode published: 23/04/19
In episode #6 we welcome Professor Martin Buhmann (Giessen) of the “Approximation, sampling and compression in data science” programme to speak about the Giessen-based Mathematikum centre. As co-Director of this central German mathematical science centre he is perfectly placed to discuss public engagement with mathematics, how a more “physical” approach can help capture the imagination of the young and old alike, and how to make learning fun. Hosted by: Dan Aspel (INI Communications Manager).
00:00 – Introduction to Mathematikum and its motto “Hands on, Minds on”
02:05 – How can one tell if the audience are enjoying themselves?
03:40 – Is colour and tactility key to teaching maths to children?
04:25 – “What is mathematics for?”
06:00 – Painting a picture of Mathematikum’s most popular puzzles and activities
07:50 – “Form follows function”
08:42 – Capturing imagination, softly softly
10:15 – Unsolved mathematical problems in a public space (Goldbach Conjecture)
13:00 – Presenting difficult problems in a simple way
16:30 – Working with the “Approximation, sampling and compression in data science” programme at INI
Professor Martin Buhmann speak about the Giessen-based Mathematikum centre (of which his is co-Director) and suggests how a more “physical” approach can help capture the imagination of the young and old alike, and make learning “fun”.
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