Mathematics and the Making of the Modern and Future World

How Much Maths Can You Eat? We all eat and have an interest in food! Indeed food and beverage processing is the world's largest manufacturing industry with a UN Forecast that the world food output must increase by 70% by 2050. The many existing, and potential, applications of mathematics in agricultural-science and food technology will be described, explaining how the fundamental process of freezing, cold storing, cooking, making, eating, and even digesting, food are all areas in which the application of areas of mathematics such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and partial differential equation theory can make a very big difference.

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

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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