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The Isaac Newton Institute is the world's foremost mathematical research centre. Living Proof aims to highlight the diverse people and interconnected topics linked to its many activities. Interviewees range from visiting academics and lecturers to mathematicians, other scientists, musicians, artists, students, and prominent figures within the University of Cambridge and beyond. The podcast typically involves mathematical themes, but is specifically aimed at a general audience. The focus is on the subjects being interviewed and the social stories they have to tell, not just on the significance and details of the research they may be undertaking. We hope there is interest and inspiration here for everyone.- The Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (UK) is an international research centre based in Cambridge, UK. A part of the University of Cambridge, it has been hosting research programmes on mathematical themes since July 1992.Visit > www.newton.ac.uk/news/ini-podcast

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The Isaac Newton Institute is the world's foremost mathematical research centre. Living Proof aims to highlight the diverse people and interconnected topics linked to its many activities. Interviewees range from visiting academics and lecturers to mathematicians, other scientists, musicians, artists, students, and prominent figures within the University of Cambridge and beyond. The podcast typically involves mathematical themes, but is specifically aimed at a general audience. The focus is on the subjects being interviewed and the social stories they have to tell, not just on the significance and details of the research they may be undertaking. We hope there is interest and inspiration here for everyone.- The Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (UK) is an international research centre based in Cambridge, UK. A part of the University of Cambridge, it has been hosting research programmes on mathematical themes since July 1992.Visit > www.newton.ac.uk/news/ini-podcast

    #57 Cambridge Festival | Prof Ben Allanach previews his talk: "The Force Awakens: Quantum Collisions"

    #57 Cambridge Festival | Prof Ben Allanach previews his talk: "The Force Awakens: Quantum Collisions"

    In this short episode, Dan Aspel speaks to Professor Ben Allanach (Cambridge, CERN) about his talk "The Force Awakens: Quantum Collisions" which he'll be delivering in INI's main seminar room for this year's Cambridge Festival.

    Taking place on Saturday 23 March at 11:00, the talk is in fact now sold out. However, if you'd like to join the waiting list for any cancelled tickets you can do so here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-force-awakens-quantum-collisions-tickets-810293639087

    ... and remember that even if you aren't able to attend in person, the talk will be streamed live on our site and made available to view after the event. So make sure to bookmark the following two links.

    Live stream: newton.ac.uk/news/watch-live
    Recording: newton.ac.uk/outreach/ongoing-initiatives/cambridge-festival

    • 9 min
    #56 Voices from Ukraine: Olena Domanska of the Solidarity for Mathematicians programme

    #56 Voices from Ukraine: Olena Domanska of the Solidarity for Mathematicians programme

    Episode published 30/01/24 
    In February 2022, Olena Domanska and her family left their home in Ukraine. The ongoing Russian invasion has meant that they are yet to return to the world they left behind. However, through her engagement with INI's Solidarity for mathematicians programme, she and her family are currently based near the University of Manchester where she is continuing her work on neural networks "at the intercept of artificial intelligence and differential equations". 

    In this podcast, Olena - mother to five children, including an eight-month-old daughter - talks through her experience of the Solidarity programme and how it has made the continuation of her career possible under trying circumstances.

    • 19 min
    “Meet the… Simons Postdoctoral Fellows” mini series #10 Dr Samuel Stark

    “Meet the… Simons Postdoctoral Fellows” mini series #10 Dr Samuel Stark

    Episode published: 20/11/23 
    Thanks to the generous support of the Simons Foundation, the INI-Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Mathematics is now in its second year of enabling “exceptional early career researchers in the mathematical sciences” to gain “experience, independence and new connections on their way to a successful academic career”. 


    In this episode of Living Proof, Dan Aspel speak to Dr Samuel Stark to learn about his journey through mathematics so far, and to find out what being awarded this Fellowship – which involves spending six months on an INI research programme and six months working at Cambridge University’s Faculty of Maths – means to him personally.

    • 4 min
    “Meet the… Simons Postdoctoral Fellows” mini series #9 Dr Zhao-He Watse Sybesma

    “Meet the… Simons Postdoctoral Fellows” mini series #9 Dr Zhao-He Watse Sybesma

    Episode published: 10/10/23 
    Thanks to the generous support of the Simons Foundation, the INI-Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Mathematics is now in its second year of enabling “exceptional early career researchers in the mathematical sciences” to gain “experience, independence and new connections on their way to a successful academic career”. 
    In this episode of Living Proof, Dan Aspel speak to Dr Zhao-He Watse Sybesma to learn about his journey through mathematics so far, and to find out what being awarded this Fellowship – which involves spending six months on an INI research programme and six months working at Cambridge University’s Faculty of Maths – means to him personally.

    • 10 min
    “Meet the… Simons Postdoctoral Fellows” mini series #8 Dr Paul Pruzina

    “Meet the… Simons Postdoctoral Fellows” mini series #8 Dr Paul Pruzina

    Episode published: 09/10/23 
    Thanks to the generous support of the Simons Foundation, the INI-Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Mathematics is now in its second year of enabling “exceptional early career researchers in the mathematical sciences” to gain “experience, independence and new connections on their way to a successful academic career”. 
    In this episode of Living Proof, Dan Aspel speak to Dr Paul Pruzina to learn about his journey through mathematics so far, and to find out what being awarded this Fellowship – which involves spending six months on an INI research programme and six months working at Cambridge University’s Faculty of Maths – means to him personally.

    • 5 min
    #55 Marbles, pint glasses and the Kepler conjecture: an overview of the 2023 GeomPack programme, with organisers Simon Cox and Adil Mughal

    #55 Marbles, pint glasses and the Kepler conjecture: an overview of the 2023 GeomPack programme, with organisers Simon Cox and Adil Mughal

    In the latest episode, Dan Aspel speaks to Simon Cox and Adil Mughal - organisers of the 2023 programme "GeomPack: Geometry and packing in material structure and biology". The second ever INI satellite programme, GeomPack is being held at Aberystwyth University in its 150th year. Simon and Adil explain the joys and challenges of organising such an event, as well as the fascinating research which has seen them and the participants tackle "some of the knottiest problems in mathematics for centuries”.

    PMV programme: https://www.newton.ac.uk/event/pmv/

    00:00 - Introduction
    00:58 - Welcome and programme overview, life in Aberystwyth
    03:40 - Comparing the experience to events at INI, origins of the GeomPack community
    08:40 - Marbles and pint glasses: how to explain packing problems (the Kepler conjecture and "some of the knottiest problems in mathematics for centuries”)
    17:00 - The fascination of the “Einstein tile”
    19:10 - Learnings from running an INI satellite programme
    25:45 - Looking ahead to the future

    Episode recorded 04/09/23

    • 28 min

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