Christmas Lecture – How to amaze your friends

Date: Wednesday 12 Dec 2012
Time: 19:00 – refreshements from 18:30 in room EC 1-29, buffet to follow Lecture, also in EC 1-29
Speaker: Chris Budd – Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Bath
Location: Lecture in ECG-24 New Engineering and Computing Building, Coventry University (ECG-24 is directly below EC1-29)


In this talk Professor Chris Budd looked at the maths of networks, mazes, the internet, Facebook and organised crime. Santa’s problem was examined: factoring all the good children, the number of chimneys descended, the distance Santa had to travel and only one revolution of the earth to do it in (24 hours) Santa needed to travel faster-than-light! The solution? Use social networks, give children at the hub a number of presents, let them keep one and pass the rest on; job done. Cynical suggestion: let the minister for education re-assess the “good” criteria… We parked for free after 18:00 in the Coventry University Student car park which was accessed from Gulson Road, just next to the new EC Building. [This is where the Gulson Road Hospital used to be]. An excellent buffet followed the meeting with many networking opportunities. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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