Prof. Hyam Rubinstein: Discrete versus Continuous
When: Tuesday, 9 December, 6:00pm
Where: University of Melbourne, JH Michell theatre, Richard Berry building
|Prof. Hyam Rubinstein
The University of Melbourne
|Discrete versus Continuous
Many questions in geometry, topology, optimisation and other areas of mathematics can be studied using discrete or continuous techniques. Discrete methods can be easier to convert into algorithms, whereas continuous models arise naturally in physical problems. Specific illustrations contrasting the two approaches will be given in low dimensional topology, differential geometry and minimal surfaces.
Dr. Thomas Barlow: Mathematics in Australia – the political & cultural environment
When: Wednesday, 10 December, 6:00pm
Where: University of Melbourne, Old Geology Theatre 2
|Dr. Thomas Barlow
|Mathematics in Australia – the political & cultural environment
Drawing upon more than a decade spent analysing research and development trends in Australia, Thomas Barlow will share his personal observations about the importance of mathematics in all modern economies, Australia’s competitive standing in the field, and the nature of politics and policy development for the mathematical sciences.