This year’s EMS Popular Lecture will take place on Friday 21 March in Edinburgh. Professor John Barrow will talk about “Maths and Sport”:

We will reveal some of the many ways in which mathematics helps us understand and improve sporting performance. Running, throwing, cycling, jumping, and weightlifting are among the examples we will take a look at from a new perspective. Along the way we will also see how Usain Bolt can break his world 100m record, investigate some odd scoring systems and see how delay differential equations help us understand American football.

(Personally, I doubt that even delay differential equations will ever explain American football to me, but I’m happy to give Prof. Barrow the benefit of the doubt…)

The lecture will take place at 4.30 p.m., in Lecture Theatre 3 of Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh; tea will be served outside from 4.00 p.m. All are welcome, and there’s no charge for admission.

Previous lectures in this series have included Dr David Bedford on “Ants, Bricks, Bugles and Infinity” and Dr Colin Wright on the mathematics of juggling. We’ve had very good reports from those who’ve attended these events — it’s worth making the trek along the M8 for the occasion!

(DP)