This page contains information about special seminars for undergraduate maths students in Southampton.
These are designed to be talks on subjects of general mathematical interest at an understandable level.
They can be given by undergraduates, postgraduates and lecturers.
If you would like to volunteer to give a talk, or want to be added to the seminar
mailing list to receive updates then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact one of the helpers (Maths PhD students Joanne Ellison and Naomi Andrew).
You can also find information on the Facebook page.
Unless otherwise stated, talks will be every other Wednesday at 1pm in the Ketley Room (Building 54).
Posters and other resources from the seminars are available on the Google drive, along with recordings of some of the more recent talks.
2017 / 2018:
- 18/10/17 - Professor Nils Andersson - Albert Einstein and the Zombie Stars
Guidelines for giving a talk
Talks should be understandable by a reasonable proportion of maths undergraduates.
In general if a second year student could follow most of the talk (possibly treating some of the details as a black box)
then this should be okay. We also welcome talks directed at first years and will organise some talks throughout the year with no prerequisites.
Talks should be kept to ~45 minutes, to allow time for questions and discussion, as well as drinks and snacks.
2016 / 2017:
- 12/10/16 - Professor Marika Taylor - Symmetries of black holes - poster, slides, recording of the talk
- 26/10/16 - Nick Davis - A 1 and a 2 and a 1, 2, 3, 4! - recording of the talk
- 09/11/16 - Diana Mulgina - Mathematics of Investment Banking
- 23/11/16 - Joanne Ellison - Will the Sun Rise Tomorrow - an Introduction to Bayesian Statistics
- 07/12/16 - Emma Dean - Gravitational Waves: A new window to the Universe
- 08/02/17 - Jacek Brodzki - Measuring the world: From Pythagoras to Big Data
- 22/02/17 - Guy Boyde - The Philosophy of Maths: An Unusual Introduction
- 08/03/17 - Em Brockhurst - The Interesting Properties of Uninteresting Numbers
- 22/03/17 - Naomi Andrew - A Presentation on Free Groups
2015 / 2016:
- 07/10/15 - Professor Jim Anderson - Ideas Beloved of Mathematicians - Infinity - poster, recording of the talk
- 21/10/15 - Alice Harpole - Explosions in space: astrophysical fluid dynamics - poster, recording of the talk
- 04/11/15 - Kelechi Nze - Finite Difference Calculus - poster
- 18/11/15 - Charles Cox - Groups are interesting
- 02/12/15 - Dr Konstantinos Zygalakis - Stability of large complex systems - poster, slides
- 27/01/16 - Edwin Reynolds - Limits and continuity: where did the definitions come from? - poster
- 10/02/16 - Diego Coto Fernandez - Killing a thousand birds with one stone: the minimum-cost flow problem - poster, slides, recording of the talk
- 24/02/16 - Mike West - The Rubik's Cube and Related Groups - poster, slides
- 09/03/16 - Joanne Ellison - Stayin' Alive: Modelling Survival Data - poster, recording of the talk
- 27/04/16 - Peter Thomas - Completing the Numbers: The Riemann Sphere poster, recording of the talk
- 04/05/16 - Guy Boyde - From the Empty Set to Infinity: An Introduction to Z-F Set Theory - poster, slides, recording of the talk
- 11/05/16 - Dr Marina Carravetta - Solid state NMR: new methods and applications
2014 / 2015:
- 01/10/14 - Tom Harris - The pigeonhole principle. - poster
- 15/10/14 - Dave Matthews - Introduction to generating functions and the symmetric group.
- 29/10/14 - Michal Ferov - Error-correcting codes: the mathematics of Chinese whispers.
- 12/11/14 - Chris Cave - Infinite groups.
- 26/11/14 - Mike West - Cocktail party maths -- topology for the layman.
- 10/12/14 - James Anderson - Running with scissors (an introduction to scissors congruence).
- 25/02/15 - Peter Thomas - What is maths?: a crash course in the philosophy of mathematics.
- 11/03/15 - Victoria Stone - The 5 colour theorem.
- 22/04/15 - Joanne Ellison - Moments and the power of generating functions.
- 29/04/15 - Aditi Kar - Groups acting on CAT(0) cube complexes.
2013 / 2014:
- 09/10/13 - Tom Harris - The shape of space. - poster, the story of Flathampton.
- 23/10/13 - Alex Bailey - How big is infinity?
- 06/11/13 - Tom Candy - Benford's law: fraud detection and the magic number. - poster.
- 20/11/13 - Michal Ferov - P vs NP: Some stuff is really hard. - poster, slides.
- 04/12/13 - Peter Thomas - The mathematics of card tricks. - poster.
- 29/01/14 - Joe Tait - An Introduction to manifolds.
- 12/02/14 - Victoria Stone - Braid groups. - poster.
- 26/02/14 - Ed Bennett - Decidability and the word problem: group theory can be hard. - poster.
- 12/03/14 - Sarah-Dawn Macgregor - Wallpaper groups. - poster.
- 26/03/14 - Andy Monk - Complexities of complex functions.
- 03/04/14 - Matt Burfitt - Introduction to category theory.
- 03/04/14 - Peter Thomas - Drawing the cityscape.
2012 / 2013:
- 06/03/13 - Tom Harris - Elliptic curves and cryptography.
- 13/03/13 - Joe Tait - Fields and the Artin-Schreier theorem.
- 17/04/13 - Mike West - The hairy ball theorem.
- 24/04/13 - Martin Finn-Sell - Some combinatorial aspects of Facebook.
- 01/05/13 - Michal Ferov - Proving the unproveable: Godel's first incompleteness theorem.
- 08/05/13 - Lucy Keer - Earthquakes and starquakes.
- 15/05/13 - Tom Harris - The maths of juggling.
This page last updated: 10--09--2017