Taking Maths Further Podcast

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Talking to people who use maths in their work. Aiming to encourage further uptake of maths at A-level and beyond. brought to you by the Further Maths Support Programme. The FMSP supports students and teachers in England with mathematics, and you can find out more at furthermaths.org.uk. Hosts: Peter Rowlett (Nottingham Trent University) and Katie Steckles.

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Website
http://takingmathsfurther.blogspot.com/
Description
Where maths goes, and who uses it
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2016-01-17 13:07
last episode published
2015-05-22 09:21
publication frequency
17.46 days
Contributors
Peter Rowlett and Katie Steckles author   owner  
Explicit
false
Number of Episodes
20
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Education Science & Medicine Natural Sciences

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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
22.05.2015

Episode 20: Calculus and fluid dynamics

This week the topic was calculus and differentiation. We talked to Florencia Tettamanti, who’s a mathematician working on fluid dynamics. We talked about how Flo uses calculus to study the motion of fluids like air and water, and what it’s like to be a...
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8.05.2015

Episode 19: Computer games and mechanics

This week the topic was mechanics and friction. We interviewed Dan Hett, who works for CBBC writing computer games for their website. We talked about his work and how he uses a lot of mathematics in modelling how characters move, and making sure that’s...
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24.04.2015

Episode 18: Medical imaging and Fourier analysis

This week the topic was Fourier analysis. We interviewed Heather Williams, who’s a medical physicist and works with Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanners, as well as other medical scanning devices. We talked about her work and how maths is import...
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27.03.2015

Episode 17: Nuclear reactor modelling

This week the topic was mathematical modelling and linear programming. We interviewed Rick Crawford from AMEC, who’s a mathematician studying decommissioning of nuclear reactors, and using mathematical models to determine whether it’s safe to continue ...
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13.03.2015

Episode 16: Actuarial science and normal distributions

This week the topic was statistical distributions and actuarial science. We interviewed Richard Harland, who works in risk management for an insurance firm. We talked to him about his work as an actuary, and how he uses statistical distributions like t...
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27.02.2015

Episode 15: Accountancy and cash management

This week the topic was mathematics and money, and how maths is used in finance.We interviewed Sarah O’Rourke, who’s an accountant working on the problem of moving cash around to where it’s needed in cash machines. We discussed the ways she uses mathem...
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6.02.2015

Episode 14: Maths and Art

This week the topic was maths and art. We interviewed Edmund Harris, who spoke about his work using different media to engage people with mathematics, including his work creating art with a mathematical basis. We discussed his work with tilings and how...
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23.01.2015

Episode 13: Vectors, matrices and hearing

This week the topic was vectors and matrices. We interviewed Dave Langers, who studies the human brain, and how it processes hearing signals. We talked about how Dave uses matrices and vectors to store information from brain scans, which allow him to m...
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9.01.2015

Episode 12: Regression and traffic management

This week the topic was data analysis. We interviewed Judith Elgie from INRIX about her work as a data analyst, and how she uses computers to analyse and predict the movement of vehicles on the roads, to generate information about where traffic jams ar...
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12.12.2014

Episode 11: Programming and boolean algebra

This week the topic was boolean algebra. We interviewed Robie Basak, who's a computer programmer at Canonical, about his work on the Ubuntu operating system, and how he and his colleagues use mathematics and mathematical thinking in order to write comp...
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28.11.2014

Episode 10: Numbers, infinite and music

This week the topic was types of numbers and infinity. We interviewed Dorothy Ker, who’s a musician and composer. We talked about the way Dorothy uses maths to inspire her creativity, as well as the types of maths that composers and musicians use. Show...
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14.11.2014

Episode 9: Structural engineering and coordinates

This week the topic was coordinate geometry and structural engineering. We interviewed John Read, who’s a structural engineer, about his work and how he uses mathematics to design structures and buildings. Show notes and more episodes via www.furtherma...
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24.10.2014

Episode 8: Packing Shapes and graphene

This week the topic was the most efficient way to pack shapes in 2D and 3D space. We interviewed Jacek Wychowaniec, who’s a scientist studying applications of materials science to biology. We talked about how he uses many different types of maths in hi...
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10.10.2014

Episode 7: Astrophysics and trigonometry

This week the topic was trigonometry. We interviewed Stephanie Yardley, who’s a solar physicist. We talked about the research Stephanie does into activity on the surface of the sun, and how she uses trigonometry to analyse data from satellites and tele...
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26.09.2014

Episode 6: Exponential growth in Pensions

This week the topic was exponential growth, and pension investments. We interviewed Simon Perera from Lane, Clark& Peacock about his work as an actuary, what an actuary is and how it involves predicting the growth of investments. Show notes and mor...
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12.09.2014

Episode 5: CERN and standard deviation

This week the topic was standard deviation. We interviewed Clara Nellist, who's a researcher at CERN Geneva, Switzerland. We talked to Clara about her work in the Large Hadron Collider and how she uses standard deviation as a measure of how reliable th...
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18.07.2014

Episode 4: Nautical Radar and quadratic equations

This week the topic was quadratic equations and their applications. We interviewed Colin Wright, who works on radar systems for coordinating and tracking ships and boats. This is the last episode of this short run. We'll be back with more after the sum...
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11.07.2014

Episode 3: Cellular automata, graph theory and brains

In this episode, we talk about cellular automata - including the Game of Life - and graph theory, and interviewed Jonathan Crofts from Nottingham Trent University about his research on complex networks in neuroscience. Show notes and more episodes via ...
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4.07.2014

Episode 2: Statistical sampling in archaeology

In this episode we interviewed Alison Atkin from the University of Sheffield about her work as an archaeology PhD student, and how she uses statistical sampling to gather data about victims of the plague. Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermat...
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24.06.2014

Episode 1: Crime Scene Investigation, forensic science and Bayes' theorem

This week the topic was Bayesian statistics. We interviewed Emma Rixon from Nottingham Trent University about her work as a crime scene investigator and how forensic science uses Bayesian probabilities.Show notes and more episodes via www.furthermaths....
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