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Maths and Natural Disasters

The lecture will concentrate on describing what we understand about natural disasters such as tsunamis and earthquakes, and how mathematical reasoning contributes to this understanding.


The Earth is a beautiful place, yet it is struck by earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, volcanoes, tsunamis and, most recently, climate change. Because the energy in natural events far exceeds that available to mankind, little can be done either to stop or to alter the occurrence of such events. However, can they be accurately forecast, with a view to mitigating the associated hazards? The lecture will concentrate on describing what we understand about these natural disasters and how mathematical reasoning contributes to this understanding. A few desktop experiments will be performed during the lecture – all guaranteed risk free!


Speaker(s):

Professor Herbert Huppert | talks

 

Date and Time:

27 April 2006 at 5:00 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

Millennium Mathematics Project
Centre For Mathematical Sciences
Wilberforce Road
Cambridge
CB3 0WA
01223 766839
http://www.mmp.maths.org.uk

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Tickets:

Free!

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Admission to the lecture is free but by ticket only. For tickets please contact Charlotte Goodburn,
Millennium Mathematics Project,
tel: 01223 766839
or email mmp@maths.cam.ac.uk.

Additional Information:

Suggested age range: 16+

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