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16:00 - 17:00 19 November 2014
Prophecy, prediction, approximation and computation
UCL Union Building
25 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0AY | United Kingdom
It has always been important for mankind to be able to make predictions of the future. It is a recurring theme in religion, literature and of course science. In this talk we will start by giving a brief history of prophecy and prediction up to the invention of the digital computer. We will discuss the tools that are used in numerical modelling and give some evidence of the role of physics in computational methods.
In the form of a game we will illustrate one if the difficulties related to numerical mathematics and finally end the talk with a series of examples of computations.
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