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16:00 - 17:00 19 November 2014

Prophecy, prediction, approximation and computation


505 | UCL Union Building (link Map)
25 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0AY | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor Erik Burman, UCL

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.


Bonita Carboo