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Swansea Mathematics online transition course
The final Swansea Mathematics webinar

Dr Dmitri Finkelshtein - Complex Systems: When the whole is greater than the sum of the parts

We live surrounded by complex systems: cells in our bodies, molecules in the air we breathe, plants in fields and forests around, computers and phones connected to the Internet, people changing their opinions, and so on. The elements which form the systems evolve with time, often randomly; they interact with each other in a non-trivial way, making almost impossible analysing the behaviour of a particular element. The whole system, however, can be studied, and its behaviour can be often determined using mathematical arguments. In the lecture, we discuss how to describe, model, and analyse complex systems using several (simple but very non-trivial) examples from mathematical biology.


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We are running a Swansea University online transition course for anyone interested in Mathematics here. We will do recordings of 40-45 mins on topics which are based on the research in the department and maybe some other “beyond the school syllabus” topics linked to the A-level. Maybe even some material which is covered in the first year modules, too.

Once a week, on Monday at 4pm, we'll run 60 mins live Zoom lectures (approx 45 mins of lecture and 15 mins for Q&A)
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