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Public Lecture — What is a Quant?
08 Feb 2023 • Bayes Centre, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Organizer:
The International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS)
Abstract:
This talk is aimed at undergraduate, masters and PhD students (or any other mathematicians!) who are thinking about their future career. Discover what a Quant really is in the world of Finance. Learn about what these mathematicians do on a day to day basis, who can become a Quant, and why this specialist role is sought after.
Event listing ID:
1538851
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Public Lecture — The Nature of Cosmic Geometry
16 Feb 2023 • online, United Kingdom
Organizer:
Institute of Physics (IOP)
Abstract:
This talk will provide an overview of the intricacies and the interplay between black holes and the motion of matter-energy with respect to the local structure of spacetime that surrounds them. A general description of the structure of spacetime surrounding a rotating black hole will also be provided.
Event listing ID:
1517810
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Remapping and place naming in Beautiful Dachau
21 Feb 2023 • online, United Kingdom
Organizer:
The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography
Abstract:
A lecture by Alan Marcus (University of Aberdeen)
Event listing ID:
1518358
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Public Lecture — The Physics of Advanced Nuclear Reactors
23 Feb 2023 • University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Organizer:
Institute of Physics (IOP)
Abstract:
In this lecture, Dr Taylor, a Reactor Physicist at Moltex, will describe some of the pros and cons of nuclear—to help you judge nuclear power relative to the other options for reaching net zero. A summary will be presented of the status of advanced nuclear technologies in the UK and internationally, including the molten salt reactor designs being developed by Moltex. The fascinating physics of these systems will be demonstrated, and the key challenges which physicists can solve to unlock their potential.
Event listing ID:
1517919
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Mapping Revolution, Mapping Slavery: the Vicomte de Rochambeau and Cartographic Dreams of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity in the Caribbean
02 Mar 2023 • online, United Kingdom
Organizer:
The Warburg Institute
Event listing ID:
1518368
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Public Lecture — Physics Olympiads and How to Train a "Genius"
16 Mar 2023 • University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Organizer:
Institute of Physics (IOP)
Abstract:
The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) branched from its somewhat more famous and acknowledged mathematical ancestor. Just like the latter, the physics olympiads helped to recognise and develop countless talents and brought many geniuses into the world of physics research. Dr Cherotchenko will give a tour of the movement's history and will share her experience in training young physics prodigies as well as her thoughts on how independent original research is different from solving extremely hard olympiad problems in physics. A talk not to be missed for amateurs of solving difficult problems, in real or life, as well as for anybody interested in competition at the highest level.
Event listing ID:
1517917
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Public Lecture — Electric Vehicle Charging
16 Mar 2023 • Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Organizer:
Institute of Physics (IOP)
Abstract:
The electrification in this world is being accelerated due to obvious environmental reasons and electric mobility is an important contributor for this transition. To make this happen, it is essential to have an equivalent penetration of electric vehicle (EV) chargers so the infrastructure is there to support the growth. Also, it is important to offer the best EV charging experience for the drivers as well as asset management solution for the owners. In this talk, Tianning Xu, the Director of Engineering from ChargePoint, a leading electric mobility charging solution provider in the market, will explain how and why EV charging is playing a critical role in this transformation as well as outlining the challenges ahead including the implication on the grid/vehicles.
Event listing ID:
1517894
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Mary Somerville Lecture — The Poet and the Physicist: Muriel Rukeyser's biography of Josiah Willard Gibbs
21 Mar 2023 • ICMS Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Organizer:
The International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS)
Abstract:
Mary Somerville (1780-1872) was an eminent Scottish scientist of the 19th century. She made important contributions in mathematics and astronomy, such as her paper 'On the magnetizing power of the more refrangible solar rays' in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society in 1826. She was one of the first two women to be elected to the Royal Astronomical Society in 1835 (the other was Caroline Herschel). Her outstanding science was inextricable from her powers of exposition as might be seen in her beautiful book On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences (1834), a best-seller that went through many editions and is often regarded as the first 'popular science' book. Remarkably, the third edition of the book (1836) and subsequent ones contained a discussion, based on tables of observation, about the possibility of an unknown planet perturbing Uranus. This led to the subsequent precise prediction of the position of Neptune by John Couch Adams in 1845.

This lecture series for the general public is on high-level topics at the interface of mathematics and other domains of inquiry commemorates the work and life of Mary Somerville. 

Event listing ID:
1538852
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Public Lecture — Dangerous Experiments in Physics
20 Apr 2023 • University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Organizer:
Institute of Physics (IOP)
Abstract:
As in every other enterprise of exploration, Science can be quite a risky business. Some of the most dangerous experiments ever performed — like the Trinity test, with controlled fusion, with the Large Hadron Collider close to creating black holes, at the Extreme Light Infrastructure on the verge of tearing out space time — are within the realm of Physics (experiments in biology and/or with people can also be notoriously nasty). Dr Khechara and his team, who regularly go where nobody went before, will give an overview of some of the most dangerously mad experiments ever performed and will actually proceed to bring some of them on stage, putting themselves at risk against the elements of nature, in a fight against electricity, radioactivity, gravity, chemistry, light and matter - all in under one hour.
Event listing ID:
1517957
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The graphics of knowledge in the twelfth-century Tournai maps of Asia and Palestine
27 Apr 2023 • London, United Kingdom
Organizer:
The Warburg Institute
Event listing ID:
1518389
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Maps that made history: the map collections of Leiden University Libraries
02 May 2023 • online, United Kingdom
Organizer:
The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography
Abstract:
A lecture by Martijn Storms (Leiden University Libraries)
Event listing ID:
1518333
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Public Lecture — In Search for the Origin of Mass
11 May 2023 • University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Organizer:
Institute of Physics (IOP)
Abstract:
One could say that the universe is both very simple and very complicated. It is very simple in the sense that we know of basic fundamental laws and principles that rule its behaviour, from particles to the cosmos as a whole, in an incredible amount of detail. Mass, for instance, one of the key concepts in physics, arises from the so-called Higgs mechanism of breaking the symmetry of a field that becomes nonzero due to its Mexican hat potential. Yet it is complicated because as consequences of such physical laws we are faced with mysteries such as most of the universe consisting of dark matter and dark energy, which are there in the theory to account for what we see, but that is not in plain sight when we look up in the sky. In this final talk of the Wolverhampton lecture series, Professor Nikolopoulos, one of the physicists who discovered the Higgs boson, will discuss the origin of mass in the universe and what we currently know about dark matter.
Event listing ID:
1517976
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Magnetism Matters: Early Modern Commerce, Practices and Frameworks in the Iberian Empires
18 May 2023 • London, United Kingdom
Organizer:
The Warburg Institute
Event listing ID:
1518398
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Mary Somerville Lecture — Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz: The Poetics of Science
24 Oct 2023 • ICMS Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Organizer:
The International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS)
Abstract:
Mary Somerville (1780-1872) was an eminent Scottish scientist of the 19th century. She made important contributions in mathematics and astronomy, such as her paper 'On the magnetizing power of the more refrangible solar rays' in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society in 1826. She was one of the first two women to be elected to the Royal Astronomical Society in 1835 (the other was Caroline Herschel). Her outstanding science was inextricable from her powers of exposition as might be seen in her beautiful book On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences (1834), a best-seller that went through many editions and is often regarded as the first 'popular science' book. Remarkably, the third edition of the book (1836) and subsequent ones contained a discussion, based on tables of observation, about the possibility of an unknown planet perturbing Uranus. This led to the subsequent precise prediction of the position of Neptune by John Couch Adams in 1845. This lecture series for the general public on high-level topics at the interface of mathematics and other domains of inquiry commemorates the work and life of Mary Somerville. 
Event listing ID:
1538861


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