The Maths of Life and Death: Understanding the maths behind epidemics
From Belle Taylor on October 8th, 2020
In this Public Lecture, Dr. Kit Yates looked at some of the basic models and mathematics underlying the understanding of disease spread, and picked apart the meanings behind some of the terms we hear about in the news: from exponential growth and R to critical immunisation threshold and herd immunity.
Very little prior knowledge is needed in order to enjoy the talk.
Dr. Kit Yates is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and co-director of the Centre for Mathematical Biology at the University of Bath. Alongside his academic position, Kit is also an author and science communicator. His first book, The Maths of Life and Death, was published on September 5th 2019, by Quercus.
His research demonstrates that mathematics can be used to describe all sorts of real-world phenomena: from embryo formation to locust swarming and from sleeping sickness to egg-shell patterning. He is particularly interested in the role that randomness plays in Biology. His research into Mathematical Biology has been covered by the BBC, the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, RTE, Scientific American and Reuters amongst others.