Tue, 02 Feb 2021

The Oxford Online Maths Club - online fun (and Maths) every Thursday

So what really happens every Thursday at 4.30pm UK time?

Is the rumour true that it can both improve your maths AND be a place to hang out with like-minded people and have a bit of a laugh?

We have managed to get hold of this video which reveals all.

Have a watch and join the club





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Sun, 31 Jan 2021

What's on Your Mind - 60 seconds inside the mind of an Oxford Mathematician

So what is on the mind of a mathematician, and specifically an Oxford Mathematician? Always their research? Or maybe nothing of the sort?

Our #WhatsonYourMind films take us inside those minds, young and less young, for 60 seconds. There is a lot going on, including the search for beauty, patterns in biology and data, the puzzle of parked cars in London streets, the damage caused by mathematical conferences, and the difficulties of teaching maths to the young.

The first series, a compilation of the first 13 films, is out now (see below).





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Tue, 26 Jan 2021

Oxford Mathematics Online Public Lecture: Spacetime Singularities - Roger Penrose, Dennis Lehmkuhl and Melvyn Bragg

Oxford Mathematics Online Public Lecture in Partnership with Wadham College celebrating Roger Penrose's Nobel Prize

Spacetime Singularities - Roger Penrose, Dennis Lehmkuhl and Melvyn Bragg
Tuesday 16 February 2021

Dennis Lehmkuhl: From Schwarzschild’s singularity and Hadamard’s catastrophe to Penrose’s trapped surfaces
Roger Penrose: Spacetime singularities - to be or not to be?
Roger Penrose & Melvyn Bragg: In conversation

What are spacetime singularities? Do they exist in nature or are they artefacts of our theoretical reasoning? Most importantly, if we accept the general theory of relativity, our best theory of space, time, and gravity, do we then also have to accept the existence of spacetime singularities?

In this special lecture, Sir Roger Penrose, 2020 Nobel Laureate for Physics, will give an extended version of his Nobel Prize Lecture, describing his path to the first general singularity theorem of general relativity, and to the ideas that sprung from this theorem, notably the basis for the existence of Black Holes. He will be introduced by Dennis Lehmkuhl whose talk will describe how the concept of a spacetime singularity developed prior to Roger's work, in work by Einstein and others, and how much of a game changer the first singularity theorem really was.

The lectures will be followed by an interview with Roger by Melvyn Bragg.

Roger Penrose is the 2020 Nobel Laureate for Physics and Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor in Oxford; Dennis Lehmkuhl is Lichtenberg Professor of History and Philosophy of Physics at the University of Bonn and one of the Editors of Albert Einstein's Collected Papers: Melvyn Bragg is a broadcaster and author best known for his work as editor and presenter of the South Bank Show and In Our Time.

Watch online (no need to register - and the lecture will stay up on all channels afterwards):
Oxford Mathematics Twitter
Oxford Mathematics Facebook
Oxford Mathematics Livestream
Oxford Mathematics YouTube

The Oxford Mathematics Public Lecture are generously supported by XTX Markets

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Fri, 22 Jan 2021

Maths Makes A Difference - a webinar for Year 12 students about how maths contributes to society - 2 February, 4-5pm

The future is full of uncertainty, but we still need to make plans and decisions based on the data we have.  Where should a hospital invest its resources to allow for changing health needs in a year's time?  Should the supermarket order extra ice cream because the summer will be warm and sunny?  Should the council road maintenance team get extra gritting salt ready for an icy winter? Making predictions is hard - and maths can help, as we’ll see in this interactive webinar.

Maths Makes a Difference is a collaboration between the Mathematics outreach teams at Oxford and Cambridge. This interactive webinar series for students in Year 12 at state schools in the UK (and Year 10 later in the year) will explore aspects of maths that make a difference to the world and society. More information and registration.

The webinars will be led by Claire Metcalfe from Cambridge and Vicky Neale from Oxford.

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Wed, 20 Jan 2021

Call for applications for PROMYS Europe Connect 2021

We are delighted to announce PROMYS Europe Connect for 2021, online from 12 July to 6 August.

In view of continuing restrictions and uncertainty around Covid-19, we are designing PROMYS Europe Connect as a unique 4-week online programme that captures many of the key elements of the usual PROMYS Europe experience. PROMYS Europe is a challenging mathematics summer programme based at the University of Oxford, UK.

PROMYS Europe Connect is seeking

  • Pre-university students from across Europe (including all countries adjacent to the Mediterranean) who show unusual readiness to think deeply about mathematics;
  • Undergraduate students who would like to work with them as counsellors. 

PROMYS Europe Connect is designed to encourage mathematically ambitious students who are at least 16 to explore the creative world of mathematics. Participants will tackle fundamental mathematical questions within a richly stimulating and supportive online community of fellow first-year students, returning students, undergraduate counsellors, research mentors, faculty, and visiting mathematicians.

First-year students will focus primarily on a series of very challenging problem sets, daily lectures, and exploration projects in Number Theory.  There will also be a programme of talks, by guest mathematicians and the counsellors, on a wide range of mathematical subjects, as well as courses aimed primarily at students who are returning to PROMYS Europe for a second or third time.

PROMYS Europe is a partnership of Wadham College and the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford, the Clay Mathematics Institute, and PROMYS (Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists, founded in Boston in 1989).

The programme is dedicated to the principle that no one should be unable to attend for financial reasons.  Most of the cost is covered by the partnership and by generous donations from supporters. In addition, full and partial financial aid is available for those who need it.

Applications for counsellors and students are available on the PROMYS Europe website.  The closing date for counsellor applications is 7 February.  The closing date for first-year student applications is 14 March, and students will need to allow enough time before the deadline to tackle the application problems.  PROMYS Europe Connect will run online from 12 July to 6 August.

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Fri, 01 Jan 2021

The launch of the Oxford Online Maths Club

Happy New Year! 2021 has a lot to make up for after 2020, so we're starting with a bang with the launch of the Oxford Online Maths Club, a new weekly maths livestream from Oxford Mathematics.

The Club provides free super-curricular maths for ages 16-18. It is aimed at people about to start a maths degree at university or about to apply for one. We'll be livestreaming one hour of maths problems, puzzles, mini-lectures, and Q&A, and we'll be exploring links between A level maths and university maths with help from our Admissions Coordinator James Munro and our current Oxford Mathematics students. And you get to ask questions and share thoughts and feelings with like-minded mathematicians. 

In a nutshell, it’s free, interactive, casual, and relaxed, with an emphasis on problem-solving techniques, building fluency, and looking ahead at links to university maths. The Club follows in the footsteps of James's hugely popular weekly MAT (Mathematics Admissions Test) sessions where he went thorough entrance problems and took live questions.

Whether you're the only person you know interested in maths, or you're an entire sixth-form maths club looking for more content, we're here for you in 2021! Join us every Thursday 16:30 starting this Thursday, 7 January. 

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Fri, 18 Dec 2020

Peter Michael Neumann OBE (28 December 1940 - 18 December 2020)

We are very sad to hear the news of the death of Peter Neumann earlier today. Peter was the son of the mathematicians Bernhard Neumann and Hanna Neumann and, after gaining a B.A. from The Queen's College, Oxford in 1963, obtained his D.Phil from Oxford University in 1966.

Peter was a Tutorial Fellow at The Queen's College, Oxford and a lecturer in the Mathematical Institute in Oxford, retiring in 2008. His work was in the field of group theory. He is also known for solving Alhazen's problem in 1997. In 2011 he published a book on the short-lived French mathematician Évariste Galois.

In 1987 Peter won the Lester R. Ford Award of the Mathematical Association of America for his review of Harold Edwards' book Galois Theory. In 2003, the London Mathematical Society awarded him the Senior Whitehead Prize. He was the first Chairman of the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust, from October 1996 to April 2004 and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours. Peter was President of the Mathematical Association from 2015-2016.

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Tue, 15 Dec 2020
Sun, 13 Dec 2020

The Oxford Mathematics E-Newsletter - our quarterly round-up of our greatest hits

The Oxford Mathematics e-newsletter for December is out. Produced each quarter, it's a sort of 'Now That's What I Call Maths,' pulling together our greatest hits of the last few months in one place.

It's for anyone who wants a flavour of what we do - research, online teaching, public lectures, having a laugh.

And it's COVID-lite. Click here.

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Sat, 12 Dec 2020

Full 2nd Year Oxford Mathematics Undergraduate course publicly available for the first time

Over the past few weeks we have made 7 undergraduate lectures publicly available, sampling a range of topics from Geometry to Differential Equations. Today & over the next 2 weeks for the first time we're showing a full course on our YouTube Channel. Ben Green's 2nd Year 'Metric Spaces' (the first half of the Metric Spaces and Complex Analysis course)' gets to grips with the concept of distance. 

We are making these lectures available to give an insight in to life in Oxford Mathematics. All lectures are followed by tutorials where students meet their tutor in pairs to go through the lecture and associated worksheet. Course materials can be found here




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