Episode published: 30/11/20
In episode #28, Valerie Isham (University College London) joins Dan Aspel and Ciara Dangerfield to discuss her wide-ranging involvement with the Newton Institute from 1993 to the present day. Topics touched upon include developments within the science of modeling pandemics, the challenges and surprising benefits of remote working and virtual meetings, and the pervasive fascination of probability and statistics.
00:00 – Welcome
00:45 – Introductions
03:29 – An extensive history with INI
07:00 – Progress in the science across a 30-year period, computational power
11:20 – Organising the Infectious Dynamics of Pandemics programme
14:10 – The challenges and positives of virtual activities
23:00 – Augmented lifespans and flexibility in online programmes
29:40 – The informal “friendly environment” of home working and video calls
31:45 – How has our mathematical knowledge of pandemics moved on since the 1990s?
35:35 – First discovering a love of maths
48:26 – Being drawn to probability and statistics
40:05 – Recommendations: “Plagues and Peoples” by William McNeill, “The Gene: An Intimate History” by Siddhartha Mukherjee, “The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius” by Graham Farmelo.
Professor Valerie Isham discusses developments within the science of modeling pandemics, the challenges and surprising benefits of remote working and virtual meetings, and the pervasive fascination of probability and statistics
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