Soapbox Science is a novel public engagement event for promoting female scientists and the science they do. I am delighted to have been invited to participate in the event in Exeter on September 22nd. I will be talking about The domino-effect of epileptic seizures: how mathematics can help understand the domino-effect observed as an epileptic seizure cascades across the brain.
Set-up in collaboration with the Centre for Biomedical Modelling and Analysis this group consists of members of the public with a lived experience of epilepsy, including people with an epilepsy diagnosis, carers, family, friends and specialist epilepsy nurses. Group members have been instrumental in priority setting for research questions and are at the heart of disseminating and shaping the epilepsy research being conducted at Exeter.
This group is open to new members, if you are interested in joining us please get in touch.
Mathematics and art are deeply intertwined. Mathematicians use art to visualise and explain complicated concepts and artists use mathematical concepts to create beautiful and intriguing works of art. Here are a couple of my favourite examples.
Crochet allows you to easily create mathematical surfaces (called hyperbolic manifolds) that can be difficult to visualise. The popularity of hyperbolic crochet grew quickly through projects such as the Crochet Coral Reef that used hyperbolic manifolds of various shapes and sizes to create a huge coral reef entirely from yarn. A particularly impressive example is the crochet Lorenz manifold created by two talented mathematicians at the University of Auckland. Their mathematically accurate creation not only looks great but also gives fascinating insight into a very complicated surface that "organises chaos".
MegaMenger was an international collaborative project to build the largest Menger Sponge fractal in the world using only business cards. I was part of the Auckland branch of the project that kicked off with a public event at Auckland Art Gallery over Labour day weekend 2014. Our level 3 cube was was completed at the University of Auckland Department of Mathematics in time for Christmas.