How to Hunt a Submarine


Lecture Overview

Professor Tom Kӧrner, Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. 18.00 to 19.00

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The longer title would be `How to sink a submarine in World War II'.

Churchill wrote '... the only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril'.
The Japanese Navy lost its war against the submarine,
the Allied Navies could have lost their war.
Many things contributed to victory. One of them was
the new idea of `Operations Research'.

This lecture only discusses simple ideas and
only uses simple mathematics. But they were the right
simple ideas and it was not easy to find them
in the fog of war.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry

Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry

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