From Isaac Newton onwards, Cambridge has been associated with some of the most famous mathematicians in history. Modern mathematicians and theoretical physicists work on everything from number theory to the Big Bang; exotic geometries to fluid dynamics; black holes, superstrings and particle physics; statistics in finance, health and league tables; and modelling climate change to investigating the spread of disease.
Join 90 students and staff from the Faculty of Mathematics to explore the excitement and scope of this rich, diverse and creative subject, through hands on activities and demonstrations (featuring everything from custard to cosmology!) for all ages from 8 to adult.
Activities, demonstrations and displays will cover subjects as diverse as high energy physics, relativity and gravitation, astrophysics, disease dynamics, topology, and fractals. There'll also be activities and mathematical games for younger children too (age 5+) .
The Maths Public Open Day happens only once every two years and last took place in 2013. The event offers a very rare opportunity to explore inside the fluids dynamics laboratory hidden beneath the lawn of one of the most beautiful modern buildings in Cambridge. Hands-on fluids activities and demos will explore some of the areas Cambridge applied mathematicians work on, ranging from bacteria to avalanches.
There will also be an incredibly rare and exciting opportunity to take a tour round the COSMOS supercomputer, the largest shared-memory computer in Europe, which supports research in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics. Places for the tours, which will be run at intervals during the afternoon, can only be booked in person on the day (please note numbers will be limited).
This event is part of the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival. No advance booking needed - drop in throughout the event (12 noon - 4pm).
Limited on-site free car parking will be available in the CMS car park, accessible from Wilberforce Road, between 12 noon - 4pm. Find directions and a site map of the Centre for Mathematical Sciences here. The Maths Cafe will be open from 12 until 4, serving tea and coffee, soft drinks, sandwiches and light refreshments.