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 the Big Bang to number theory, from geometry to modelling the shrinking of Arctic sea ice, exploring quantum information or understanding how disease epidemics spread.
Join volunteer staff and students from the Faculty of Mathematics to share the excitement of the subject through hands-on activities, games and demonstrations (featuring everything from Lego epidemics to the the face-fusion photobooth!) for visitors of all ages from 8 through to adult.
The Maths Public Open Day happens only once every two years and last took place in 2015. The event also offers a rare and exciting opportunity to explore inside the fluids dynamics laboratory hidden beneath the lawn of one of the most beautiful modern buildings in Cambridge. Explore some of the diverse areas on which Cambridge applied mathematicians work with hands-on fluids activities and demonstrations in the lab.
There will also be a very rare 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 are very limited).
The Maths Cafe will be open from 12 until 4, serving tea and coffee, soft drinks, sandwiches and snacks.
Find directions and a site map of the Centre for Mathematical Sciences here. Some limited on-site free car parking will be available in the CMS car park, accessible from Wilberforce Road, between 12 noon - 4pm.
This event is part of the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival. No booking needed - drop in throughout the event (12 noon - 4pm).