The Guardian newspaper has reported that a new prime number has been recently discovered. The new prime number is equal to two to the power of 77,232,917 and subtracting one.
The mathematics of prime numbers is taught in the first year module called: Mathematical Reasoning. Apart from the fundemental aspects of prime nunber to numbers, they are crucial to crystallography, and hence are important for national security and the internet.
A brief overview of the contents of the module are:
This module introduces the basic reasoning skills needed to develop and apply mathematical ideas. Clear logical thinking is central to the understanding of mathematics. The module explores fundamental properties of prime numbers, their random generation and use in modern cryptography.
This month, Dr. Jenny Sharp is running a series of masterclasses in mathematics for year 9 students from local schools. This year is the 22nd series of the annual Masterclass series at Plymouth which are part of a nationwide programme in association with the Royal Institution. The events are:
6th Jan: Sam Durbin, The Royal Institution, Game Theory
20th Jan: Jenny Sharp, Plymouth University, An exploration of the Fibonacci numbers
3rd Feb: Anton Ilderton, Plymouth University, Quantum Stuff!
17th Feb: Matthew Craven, Plymouth University, Non-Euclidean Geometry
3rd March: A Carousel of Activities followed by talk to parents and certificate presentation.
More details about the other activities in Mathematics can be found at.
Every year, just before Christmas, there is a meeting about High Powered Lasers at the Cosener’s House, close to Oxford. The meeting aims to bring together both experimental researchers along with those involved in theory and simulation of high powered lasers.
This year Lauren Ansell, A PhD student in the Centre for Mathematics Sciences, presented a talk at the meeting with the title: Relativistic charge dynamics in laser field.
Just before Christmas, Craig McNeile attended the Annual Theory Meeting and STFC Town meeting, organized by the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology. This meeting comprises of a series of plenary talks on topical topics in theoretical particle physics. It is also a way to meet researchers and colleagues from around the UK.
This year there were talks on: Heavy Flavour anomalies (where there is tantalizing evidence for the failure of the standard model of particle physics), and new measurements of the cosmological parameters from large scale of surveys of the Universe. The final physics talk was by Dr. David Newbold from Bristol University, who reviwed the latest results from the LHC and the plans for the upgrade of the LHC.