How big is the universe? (age 13–15)

10.30am to 3.30pm, Thursday 12 April

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  • How big is the universe?

    Credit: Tim Mitchell
  • Type

    Holiday workshops
  • Audience

    Age 13–15

  • Speakers

    • Martin Yates

Price

Standard £50

Ri Young Members £42.50

Event description

Can we use mathematics in astronomy and physics to calculate the size of the universe? Can we use mathematics to discover whether aliens really exist? How do mathematicians work with the very large numbers involved? In this workshop with Martin Yates, students will explore a number of mathematical techniques that astronomers employ, modelling everything from the size and history of galaxies to the probability that we might one day communicate with civilisations from another planet. If you want to understand how the universe works, this workshop is for you.

About the speaker

Martin Yates is a teacher of mathematics and amateur astronomer. He works with talented young mathematicians aiming to go on to one of the UK's top universities to study a mathematics–oriented degree such as physics, engineering or economics. He has worked for many years applying mathematics to business decisions in industry and commerce.

Please note

This workshop is strictly for 13–15 year-olds and will include a 45 minute unsupervised lunch break. Students should bring lunch and a drink, pens, pencils and a calculator.

This workshop is based on Ri Masterclasses. Students who have attended a Masterclass series which included a session on a similar topic may have already seen some of the content in this workshop. Please contact us on summerschools@ri.ac.uk with any questions.

Refunds can only be issued for tickets cancelled at least two weeks (fourteen calendar days) in advance of the event date. Please note that this supersedes our normal event terms and conditions.

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