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What is a supercomputer
Ed Bennett (Swansea Academy of Advanced Computing )
Most of us have heard the word, but what do they look like, and what do they do when they’re not powering voice assistants or playing global thermonuclear war? In this talk Ed will lead you through the wide world of High Performance Computing, revealing what distinguishes a supercomputer from the computer on your desk and the smartphone in your pocket, and giving a window into the wide range of research using the supercomputers at Swansea University, from designing high-performance boats to designing tailored medications to exploring the nature of the universe at the smallest scales
Why do we need mathematics?
Elian Rhind (Speaker)
Mathematics is a way to model the world on a piece of paper. The world would simply not exist as it does without it and one could say it is its universal language. However, this would not be the case without the massive scope of the subject which just cannot be covered with a standard education of Mathematics. Further Mathematics paves the way to more diverse aspects of Mathematics, and hence the tools for solving the more sophisticated problems. I explore how it is to study Further Mathematics and the advantages of this exciting and rewarding subject
Dr Jeffrey Giansiracusa (Mathematician and Maths Lecturer at Swansea University who studies geometry and algebra)
Circles are lovely things. The ancient Greek mathematicians had fun studying them and came up with wonderful ideas like the number pi. You might guess that mathematicians would have long ago worked out all there is to know about them, but that is not the case. In this talk we'll see how circles continue to inspire amazing new mathematical ideas that influence our everyday lives in ways ranging from new concepts of computation, reasoning and proof, to biology, to how we extract information from data.