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101 uses of a quadratic equation

The quadratic equation has played a pivotal part in not only the whole of human civilisation as we know it, but in the possible detection of other alien civilisations and even such vital modern activities as watching satellite television. What else, apart from the nature of divine revelation, could be considered to have had such an impact on life as we know it? Indeed, in a very real sense, quadratic equations can save your life.


The quadratic equation has played a pivotal part in not only the whole of human civilisation as we know it, but in the possible detection of other alien civilisations and even such vital modern activities as watching satellite television. What else, apart from the nature of divine revelation, could be considered to have had such an impact on life as we know it? Indeed, in a very real sense, quadratic equations can save your life.

Chris Budd is Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath, and the Chair of Mathematics at the Royal Institution in London. Together with Chris Sagwin he has recently written the popular mathematics book Mathematics Galore!, published by Oxford University Press

Suggested age range 14 - 16


Speaker(s):

Professor Chris Budd | talks

 

Date and Time:

17 October 2005 at 5:00 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge
Wilberforce Road
Cambridge
CB3 0WA
+44 12 23 76 68 39


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