Public lecture | What do mathematicians do now that machines can “do (all) the maths”? Event as iCalendar

26 March 2019


Venue: Lecture Theatre PLT1

Location: Building 303, 38 Princes Street, City Campus

Host: Department of Mathematics

Cost: Free | Join us for at 5.30pm for refreshments in the level 4 common space.

Professor Keith Devlin, Stanford University, Seelye Fellow
Seelye Fellow, Professor Keith Devlin from Stanford University

Speaker | Professor Keith Devlin, Stanford University, Seelye Fellow

For thousands of years, calculation (numerical and symbolic) was the price we had to pay to do or use mathematics. But that is no longer the case.

Since the late 1980s, we have had machines that can perform any step-by-step mathematical procedure. Those systems can handle far more variables than a human ever could,  they never make mistakes, and they do it in a fraction of a second. Moreover many of those tools are easily available and free.

As a result, for the last thirty years, professional mathematicians, or those who use mathematics professionally, have not performed any kind of calculation by hand (except in very special circumstances).

So what exactly do the math pros do? And how do we teach the next generation to live and work in this world?

About the speaker

Professor Keith Devlin is the Director of the Stanford Mathematics Outreach Project in the Graduate School of Education, a co-founder and Executive Director Emeritus of the university's H-Star institute and a co-founder of the Stanford mediaX research network.

He is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Mathematical Society.  Recipient of the Pythagoras Prize, the Peano Prize, and the Carl Sagan Award, he is known as "the Math Guy" on USA National Public Radio.

All welcome to attend this free public lecture | Refreshments will be served prior to the lecture in the level 4 common space (Building 303)