Termcard for Hilary Term 2017

Learn to code with Morgan Stanley

Week 1, Tuesday 17 January HT 2017
Common Room, Mathematical Institute

Writing code is very common nowadays, whether it’s a cool new app or some scientific script to automate calculations. Have you ever wanted to learn how to do it, but think it sounds complicated? It doesn’t have to be!

Invariants Puzzle Competition

Week 2, Tuesday 24 January HT 2017
Mezzanine, Mathematical Institute

This week it’s time for the Invariants Puzzle Competition next week and it promises to be great! It will be in teams of 4 people (or 3 people), problems will be timed and prizes very appealing: the best team will get Invariants jumpers and a prize in money! Yay! Drinks and snacks provided as well for the whole evening! Hence bring your friends and join us for an evening with the best Maths Puzzles 🙂

Invariants Movie Night: The Man Who Knew Infinity

Week 3, Tuesday 31 January HT 2017
Balliol College

Invariants is watching a movie this week! We will be seeing The Man Who Knew Infinity next Tuesday – the story of the life and academic career of the pioneer Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G.H. Hardy.

The Ultimate Limits of Privacy

Artur Ekert, University of Oxford
Week 4, Tuesday 7 February HT 2017
L2, Mathematical Institute

Among those who make their living out of science of secrecy, worrying and paranoia are just a sign of professionalism. Can we protect our secrets against those who wield superior technological powers? Can we trust those who provide us with tools for protection? Finally, can we trust ourselves, our freedom of choice, our free will?

Valentine’s Day Puzzle Competition

Week 5, Tuesday 14 February HT 2017
Mezzanine, Mathematical Institute

Owing to the success of the last puzzle competition, the puzzle masters of the Invariants decided that it needs a sequel. So, get hyped, because next Tuesday, on Valentine’s Day, your brain will face new riddles in the quest for the winning LOVEly prizes!

Cracking the Myths of Big Data Forecasting

Xuxin Mao, UCL
Week 6, Wednesday 22 February HT 2017
Exeter College

Amid recent economic and political uncertainties, it is the worst of times and it is also the best of times for forecasters. While few have foreseen economic recessions or political populism, robust predictions have become high sought-after treasures that everyone is determined to possess.

Invariants Committee Elections

Week 7, Tuesday 28 February HT 2017
Common Room, Mathematical Institute

This Tuesday is Pizza and Elections! The old committee is changing and we need new amazing people to run the society next year!

Rational points on elliptic curves

Andrew Wiles, University of Oxford
Week 8, Tuesday 7 March HT 2017
L2, Mathematical Institute

Andrew will talk about the problem of describing rational points on elliptic curves and recent ideas on the problem.

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