Mathematics and the Making of the Modern and Future World

What have Mathematicians Done for Us? Mathematics has played a vital role in the development of human civilisation, and is the foundation of much of modern technology and popular culture. However, the achievements of mathematics and mathematicians are often unknown or misunderstood. The contribution of mathematicians over the centuries will be celebrated, showing how mathematical ideas have huge relevance today ? varying between Maxwell and the mobile phone, Florence Nightingale and modern statistics, Pythagoras and the development of music, Euclid and art, Euler and Facebook, and Cayley and Google. Even basic mathematics can make a profound difference to our lives.

Gresham Professor of Geometry, Chris Budd OBE, is based at the University of Bath, where he is Professor of Applied Mathematics and Director of the Centre of Nonlinear Mechanics. He has a long history of engagement in the public understanding of science and mathematics through institutions such as the Royal Institution and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. (from

1. What have Mathematicians Done for Us?

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1. What have Mathematicians Done for Us?
2. The Challenge of Big Data
3. Mathematics Goes to the Movies
4. How Much Maths Can You Eat?
5. Mathematical Materials
6. Energetic Mathematics