Fri, 23 October 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

The Ten Equations That Rule The World – And How You Can Use Them Too

David Sumpter

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Is there a secret formula for improving your life? For making something a viral hit? For deciding how long to stick with your current Netflix series, job, or even relationship?

Mathematician David Sumpter has met with tech entrepreneurs, professional gamblers and political researchers to discover the ten equations that make our world go round.

Sumpter shows how a small set of formulas can provide the answers to questions ranging from the trivial to the profound – whether you’re building a successful company website, determining how much time your children should spend on social media or figuring out whether to stay in a relationship or job.

With wit and clarity, Sumpter shows that it isn’t the technical details that make these formulas so successful: it is the way they allow mathematicians to view problems from a different angle – a way of seeing the world that anyone can learn. Empowering and enlightening, this talk will reveal how maths really can change your life.

Praise for David Sumpter:

“These aren’t the equations of Newton or Einstein – crisp relations describing the evolution of a clockwork universe. These are the equations of randomness, expectation, and imperfect information. The equations, in other words, of the real world. David Sumpter provides an entertaining tour that will change how you see the world” – Sean Carroll, author of Something Deeply Hidden

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David Sumpter

Professor of Applied Mathematics and author of Soccermatics and Outnumbered.

David Sumpter is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Originally from London, he grew up in Scotland, completed his doctorate in Mathematics at Manchester and held a Royal Society Fellowship at Oxford before heading to Sweden. Sumpter is the author of Soccermatics and Outnumbered, which have been translated into ten languages, and Collective Animal Behaviour, the leading text in the academic field he helped create. He has consulted in sports betting and worked with a number of world’s biggest football clubs and national teams, including Hammarby, Barcelona and England. Sumpter can be found on Twitter as @Soccermatics.