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Annual Boole Lecture in Mathematics

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What is Mathematics Education, Really?

a public lecture by

Professor Alexandre Borovik

(University of Manchester)

Thursday, 2nd of November 2017,

6:00-7:20 pm

Newton Lecture Theatre  INB0114 in the Isaac Newton building, University of Lincoln

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Alexandre_Borovik-bAs I argue in my paper, the current crisis in the school level mathematics education is a sign that it reaches a bifurcation point and is under increasing pressure to split in two streams:

* education for a selected minority of children / young people who, in their adult lives, will be filling increasingly small share of jobs which really require mathematical competence (I call them mathematical makers); and

** basic numeracy and mathematics awareness classes for the rest of population, end users of technology saturated by mathematics invisible to them.

In my talk, I will discuss challenges in mathematics education which will arise from this split. This is a theme which is rarely discussed in…

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International accolade for Lincoln’s leading algebraist

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Dr Evgeny Khukhro and The President of the University of Brasilia Professor Márcia Abrahão Moura

On 3 July a ceremony was held in University of Brasilia on occasion of bestowing on Evgeny Khukhro the title of Professor Honoris Causa.

The ceremony began with the British national anthem, followed by the national anthem of Brazil. Then Dr Emerson de Melo delivered a presentation on behalf of
the Department of Mathematics for the case of Evgeny Khukhro’s title. The President (Reitora) of the University Professor Márcia Abrahão Moura declared the Council’s decision of bestowing on Dr Evgeny Khukhro the title of Professor Honoris Causa, presented Evgeny Khukhro with the correspoding certificate, and adorned him with the academic stole in the colours of University of Brasilia. After that Dr Khukhro gave a short talk. He thanked the Reitora, other dignitaries present, colleagues and guests for the honour of the title, expressed his deep…

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MEQ results: the best school in the University

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As a result of the latest Module Evaluation by students (MEQ) the School of Mathematics and Physics came first amongst all the school in the University of Lincoln! The competition was tough, as the second school is just 1% behind us! Congratulations!

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Visiting Isaac Newton’s birthplace

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On 26 May our maths and physics students and staff visited Woolsthorpe Manor — the birthplace of Isaac Newton, where he also spent much time in 1665-67 making  most important discoveries in maths and physics, in particular, laying foundations of Calculus, conducting experiments with light. Here still grows the famous apple tree, the falling of apples of which Newton used to illustrate his theory of gravitation. A story of Newton’s life was presented by a National Trust volunteer, followed by a short talk on Newton’s mathematics by Dr Evgeny Khukhro. After Woolsthorpe Manor, the day trip was continued with a visit to Belton House and gardens.

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Maths Students and Staff Easter Party

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On 6 April maths students and staff had an Easter Party in Tower Bar. Everybody enjoyed refreshments and pizzas, along with discussions and socializing.


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Anita Thillaisundaram in Women in Maths.

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University of Lincoln Lecturer, Anita Thillaisundaram has been featured in Women in Maths.

To read more, click the link here. Congratulations, Anitha!

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1st Annual Charlotte Scott Lecture in Mathematics by Prof Natasha Maurits

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On 30 Januaryportret-small the 1st Annual Charlotte Scott Lecture in Mathematics in Lincoln was given by Prof Natasha Maurits (University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands). The lecturer was introduced by the Head of School of Maths and Physics Prof Andrei Zvelindovsky. Prof Natasha Maurits is a trained mathematician. She is now a Professor of Clinical Neuroengineering at Department of Neurology, University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands.

The lecture, Patients in numbers, was a great success. It described how important are numerical data in medicine, and how mathematics helps in improving diagnostic and drugs efficacy evaluation procedures. Many of the examples given in the lecture were based on Prof. Maurits research in neurology, where her studies found clinical applications. The lecture attracted a big audience consisting of staff, students and members of the public, both from Lincoln and other cities.

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Winners of the Mathematics Challenge 2016-17

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Congratulations to the winners of the Mathematics Challenge 2016-17 and a big thank you to all participants! The Awards Ceremony has taken place on 31st of January 2017 at the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Campus. The results are:

1st prize:

Melissa Quail, Longsands Academy, St Neots, Cambridgeshire

Joint 2nd prize:

John Bamford, Bilborough College, Nottingham

Ricky Li, Harrow School, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex

3rd prize:

Firry Yang, Harrow School, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex

The panel solutions and comments can be found here.

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Maths-Physics-Chemistry Xmas event

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It was great to have students from Lincoln UTC and The Priory Academy LSST for our joint Maths-Physics-Chemistry Christmas event with mini-lecture, workshops, a quiz and some nibbles. It covered maths of birds flocking, physics of chaos, and lots of funny and not so easy chemistry questions during the quiz.

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Mathematics Challenge

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For a chance to win the first prize (£100 Amazon voucher), or one of our prizes for runners-up, submit your typed or neatly written solutions of the following problems by post to Mathematics Challenge, School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, LN6 7TS. Please include your full name, postal address and email, as well as the name and address of your school. The closing date is 5 January, 2017. The competition is open to all young pre-university people in UK aged 16–18 years. It is not open to current university students. See full Terms and Conditions. The problems can also be downloaded from here.

1. Suppose that alloy A contains 40% gold by weight, and alloy B contains 25% gold. How much of each of these alloys should be taken to be melted together so as to produce 600 grams of alloy containing…

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