Mathematical models have been much in the news recently They have been used to make predictions of the growth of Covid-19, to work out what is happening in climate change, and even to ‘predict’ A-level results. But how do these models work, how reliable are they, and can we trust them enough to advise government policy. In this talk I will talk about how mathematical models are constructed and tested, how they can be applied and what their limitations are. The talk will focus on the application of mathematical models to Covid-19 and Climate prediction, and will include a practical demonstration of chaos.
Professor Wolfram Schultz Professor of Neuroscience Department of Physiology Development and Neuroscience
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The current pandemic has emphasised the key role that statistics play in understanding what is going on around us. But how reliable are all these numbers? How much should we trust what we hear and read? I will look at the way that statistics can be used to try and persuade audiences to think or act in a certain way, and contrast this with efforts to make communication 'trustworthy'.
Contracts T2 and T3 of the new Line C of Roma underground are under construction in the historical centre of the city, in an area of great archaeological, historical and artistic value. Significant problems connected to the presence of archaeological remnants, the geotechnical characteristics of the soil, excavation below the water table, and the necessity of minimising the effects on the historical and monumental heritage subsist. This presentation illustrates the methods adopted to evaluate the effects of tunnelling and open excavation on the existing monuments and historical buildings, with particular reference to contract T2.
Professor Sadaf Farooqi PhD, FRCP, FMedSci, Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Metabolism and Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge
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