2013 Public Lectures at The Royal Society of Victoria

2013 Free Public Lecture Series

Lectures at The Royal Society of Victoria

Presented by The Mathematical Association of Victoria in association with The Royal Society of Victoria.

 

Overcrowding, Zombies and Other Population Problems
Presented by Dr Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday 28 July 2013 Zombie Marty
VENUE: Upstairs Lecture Theatre
The Royal Society of Victoria
9 Victoria Street, Melbourne 3000 (entrance from 8 La Trobe Street)
Melways: Map 2B Ref H 12
Please note that the venue is on the first floor and is only accessible via the stairwell. Please contact Michael Green at the MAV (9380 2399) if you require assistance to access the venue.

So many people! Billions and billions, as Carl Sagan might have said. Where will we all live? And what will happen with the arrival of the zombie hordes? Will that create more room, or will the Earth then simply be overcrowded with billions of zombies?

In this presentation Marty will look into the mathematics of population growth, and he'll consider just how many people the Earth might be able to sustain. He'll also present some important research on the ever-looming threats of zombie and vampire infestation.

The Dark Side of the Cube
Presented by Dr Burkard Polster
DATE: Sunday, 11 August 2013 Cube Burkard
VENUE: Upstairs Lecture Theatre
The Royal Society of Victoria
9 Victoria Street, Melbourne 3000 (entrance from 8 La Trobe Street)
Melways: Map 2B Ref H 12
Please note that the venue is on the first floor and is only accessible via the stairwell. Please contact Michael Green at the MAV (9380 2399) if you require assistance to access the venue.

The cube is easy, right? It's the fundamental building block for our right-angled world, and most people are convinced that they know all there is to know about this simplest of 3D shapes. Nothing could be further from the truth!

Come along and watch mathematical masterchef Burkard expertly slice and dice the cube. He'll fold it, explode it, reassemble it, turn it inside out and make it perform tricks you never imagined possible. It will all make for an amazing tour of the dark side of the cube.

The Maths of Planet Mars
Presented by Dr Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday, 1 September 2013 martian
VENUE: Upstairs Lecture Theatre
The Royal Society of Victoria
9 Victoria Street, Melbourne 3000 (entrance from 8 La Trobe Street)
Melways: Map 2B Ref H 12
Please note that the venue is on the first floor and is only accessible via the stairwell. Please contact Michael Green at the MAV (9380 2399) if you require assistance to access the venue.
This year we're all keenly celebrating The Maths of Planet Earth. But what about Mars? What mathematics might Martians get up to? Would it be like ours, or might Martian maths have its own special flavour? In this presentation Marty will consider what might be truly universal about mathematics, and what might be very special to us Earthlings.
Strange Tales from the Maths Masters' Files
Presented by Dr Burkard Polster
DATE: Sunday, 15 September 2013 number-plate
VENUE: Upstairs Lecture Theatre
The Royal Society of Victoria
9 Victoria Street, Melbourne 3000 (entrance from 8 La Trobe Street)
Melways: Map 2B Ref H 12
Please note that the venue is on the first floor and is only accessible via the stairwell. Please contact Michael Green at the MAV (9380 2399) if you require assistance to access the venue.

In 2007 Burkard Polster and Marty Ross began writing the Maths Masters column for The Age newspaper. Six years and 200+ articles on, it seems a good time to reflect upon some highlights of this mathematical journey.

In this presentation Burkard will expand upon his top ten favourite stories from the Maths Masters' files. He'll highlight the surprising Australian contexts, hilarious (and very embarrassing) bloopers, gruesome murder and, of course, tons of very cool mathematics.

 

Additional lectures also took place in November at the Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square.

About the Lecturers:

Burkard and MartyBurkard Polster and Marty Ross are Melbourne's tag team of mathematics. They write the Maths Masters column for The Education Age, appear at schools, and do whatever they can to convince whoever that mathematics is beautiful and fun. All their activities can be checked out at www.qedcat.com.

Burkard Polster is a maths lecturer, and Monash University's resident mathemagician, mathematical juggler, origami expert, bubble-master, shoelace charmer, and Count von Count impersonator. When he is not doing fun mathematics he has fun investigating perfect mathematical universes.

Marty Ross is a mathematical nomad. At the age of 2, he ran away from America to join the circus. After some controversy involving an elephant, he returned to America to do his PhD in mathematics at Stanford University. Eventually, he arrived back in Australia, where he has wandered the mathematical world, aimless but happy.

 

Read what Burkard and Marty lectured about in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.

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