# What Can Mathematicians Do?

# What Can Mathematicians Do?

*What Can Mathematicians Do? *was a series of online public maths presentations organised by Newcastle University’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics.

The presentations covered a wide range of topics in maths, stats and physics, such as how colours mix, how to make a mint on the stock market, and how to pick your next Netflix binge.

All of the presenters are disabled: we hope to show that anyone can be a mathematician, and mathematicians can do just about anything!

Each session consisted of two 30-minute presentations, followed by a question-and-answer session.

The live sessions were interpreted live in British Sign Language. Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to include the interpreters in the session recordings.

There is a recording of each session, including the question-and-answer part, as well as independent recordings of each talk.

# Sessions

#### Monday December 12^{th} – Morning 09:30 – 11:00

Recording of the whole session

Tanya Gleadow, Loughborough University - **“Giant sky lasers and other shiny things.”**

#### Wednesday December 14^{th} – Afternoon – 13:00 – 14:30

Recording of the whole session

Abi Kirk, Open University - **“Shifting Shapes: Euler's Formula for Polyhedra”**

Amy Mason, University of Cambridge - **“What to watch next on Netflix?”**

#### Friday December 16^{th }– Afternoon 13:00 – 14:30

Recording of the whole session

Lucy Rycroft-Smith, University of Cambridge - **“Periodic functions: the mathematics of menstruation”**

Chetna Patel - **“I introduce myself as a mathematician … yes, really”**

#### Tuesday December 20^{th} – Afternoon – 13:30 – 15:00

Recording of the whole session

Sophie Maclean - **"How to get rich quick"**

Lauren Gilbert, Newcastle University - **“Disabled in Physics: how did I get here?”**

#### Thursday December 22^{nd} – Morning 10:30 – 12:00

Recording of the whole session

Naomi Wray, Cardiff University - **"Count to ten or count to twelve? The decimal system revised."**