Applicant day

Choosing the correct degree is an important choice for a prospective student, because the decision will affect not just the three years they study at a University, but also their future career. The University of Plymouth offer many opportunities for students to visit the campus in Plymouth. Today is an applicant day, which are invite-only events for University of Plymouth offer holders. The experience is subject specific and tailored to give you the chance to explore your chosen course and the University in much more detail.

The schedule events for applicants to the centre of mathematical sciences includes a subject talk, and a sample lecture. There is plenty of time available for prospective students to talk to staff and our current students.

Paper on Higgs Bundles

The conclusion of Eugene Wigner’s paper: The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences.

The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of
mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve. We should be grateful for it and hope that it will remain valid in future research and that it will extend, for better or for worse, to our pleasure, even though perhaps also to our bafflement, to wide branches of learning.

There has been a long history of applying (particularly geometrical) mathematical techniques to study physics. In this program, Marina Logares has just published a paper: Symplectic Geometry of a Moduli Space of Framed Higgs Bundles

Senior fellowship of the HEA

In the UK the body that provides teaching qualifications is the Higher Education Authority. It is normal for a new lecturer to study for a year to obtain the Fellowship of the HEA. The next level of Fellowship is senior Fellow of the HEA. We are pleased to announce that Dr John Eales, Associate Head (Teaching and Learning) in the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics at the University of Plymouth has been awarded Senior Fellow of the HEA.

There is additional information here and here.

Research visitor to CMS

Mathematical Sciences at Plymouth will be hosting the CERN senior research fellow Maxwell Hansen next week, collaborating with Antonio Rago and Argia Rubeo.

He will also be presenting a seminar in the theoretical physics seminar:

Title: Multi-hadron observables from lattice QCD


The strong force is governed by a mathematical framework called quantum
chromodynamics (QCD). The building blocks of QCD are quarks and gluons,
and the interactions of these constituents leads to a rich variety of
observed phenomena. A particularly intriguing aspect of QCD physics is
the nature and behavior of resonances, short-lived states that decay via
the strong force. In this talk I will discuss progress in studying these
states, by calculating multi-hadron scattering observables. This by
achieved by combining field-theoretic ideas with large scale numerical
calculations based in lattice QCD. In particular, I will focus on the
idea of using the finite volume required for numerical calculations as a
tool, rather than an unwanted artifact, to extract dynamical observables
such as two- and three-hadron scattering amplitudes.

China Visit – Mathematics and Statistics

The following article was included in a newsletter for the faculty of science and engineering.

Dr Yinghui Wei recently visited China for student recruitment. She attended the University of Plymouth’s graduation ceremony in Beijing where she provided translating support and presented the graduates.  After this, she visited six universities where she gave outreach talks to promote the University of Plymouth and its mathematics and statistics programmes, as well as research presentations to staff and students. She met with key academics and international officers in Chinese universities, to discuss recruiting Chinese students to study mathematics and statistics as well as other disciplines in Plymouth.

The Plymouth student scientist

Typically a student will do a research project in the final year of degree in mathematics. This will involve research into a topic, a presentation and writing a report on the research. The very best reports are published in a journal such as the Plymouth Student Scientist.

This year two students have had their work published:

A Comparison of Exact and Heuristic Algorithms to Solve the Travelling Salesman Problem, Matthew Chatting

Algebraic Number Theory and Fermat’s Last, Edward Evans