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Atoms are the building blocks of life. Prime numbers are the building blocks of numbers. Learn about both here this evening in the opening night of Pint of Science 2019.
What Are Numbers Made Of?
Dave Platt (Post-doctoral Researcher)
There are 92 naturally occurring chemical elements and, in various combinations, these are sufficient to give rise to the amazing complexity that keeps many of my colleagues in the sciences gainfully employed. I will try to argue that in mathematics, prime numbers, those whole numbers that have exactly two different divisors, play an analogous role. We will consider questions such as "How many primes are there?" and explore what is known and (better) not known. There will be digressions.
Tiny Materials, Enormous Applications – the incredible world of functional nanomaterials
Valeska Ting (Atoms to Galaxies )
Nanomaterials have made their way out of the lab and into our everyday lives. But what is a nanomaterial, really? Why are researchers so interested in them? And what do we use them for? This talk will look at some surprising properties of nanomaterials, how they are used now and how we might look to apply these incredible materials in the future…