Calculating the cosmos: How mathematics unveils the Universe

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 15 September

The Theatre

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  • Mathematics forms the basis of all physics, from Newton to Einstein and everyone in between.

    Credit: Wolfgang Beyer via Wikipedia CC-BY-SA 3.0


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Concession £10


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Event description

Mathematics has been the driving force in astronomy and cosmology since the ancient Babylonians, from Kepler’s influence on Newton to Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, which was inspired by irregularities in the motion of Mars. Introduced by mathematician Hannah Fry, former Christmas Lecturer Ian Stewart will be your guide to the maths of the Universe.

About the speaker

Ian Stewart is an Emeritus Professor in the Mathematics Department at Warwick University and is best known for his popular science writing on mathematical themes. He has published more than 80 books and delivered the 1997 Ri CHRISTMAS LECTURES, when he brought a live tiger into the theatre.


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