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Back to basics for climate models

23 April 2013

Professors Steve Tobias (University of Leeds) and Brad Marston (Brown University) have published a paper in Physical Review Letters which uses basic physics and statistical tools to model key elements of the Earth's climate.

The research shows that a technique called direct statistical simulation accurately models fluid jets, fast-moving flows that form naturally in oceans and in the atmosphere.  The weather of Britain and northern Europe, for example, is heavily dominated by one of these fluid jets commonly known as "The Jet Stream".

For further details, see the University press release:

Big Questions Answered

9 October 2012

Dr Mike Evans, is to have a series of articles published in the popular Sky at Night Magazine.

The series entitled ‘Big Questions’ will begin with three consecutive four-page features on topics relating to space in the November, December and January issues. The features will tackle what space is, how it works and where it comes from, with the aim to convince readers that they don’t need to be Albert Einstein to understand the answers. This will then be followed up with answers to other ‘Big Questions’ later on in the year.

The first article will be called ‘What is Spacetime?’ and will feature in the November issue which is due out on Tuesday 16 October.

New website for our students

14 September 2012

The School is pleased to announce that resources for all our students have been brought together in a new website.

The new site is www.mathsstudents.leeds,

It contains information for maths undergraduates, taught postgraduates and research students as well as many links to useful resources elsewhere on the internet.

Mystery chord

12 September 2012

Two members of staff gave a presentation about the Beatles track 'A Hard Day's Night' at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen recently.

The talk entitled In Tune with Mathematics, was presented by Kevin Houston, Rob Sturman and Ben Sparks. In their presentation they covered Auto-Tune, spectral analysis of the opening chord of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, the mathematics of musical tunings and more.

This talked generated interest in the media

You can watch the YouTube video here

Green Impact - Bronze Award

19 July 2012

The Green Impact Team in Mathematics have been awarded the Bronze Award for 2011-2012 at the Environmental Award ceremony in June 2012.

Green Impact is an environmental accreditation scheme aimed at empowering individuals across campus to form 'green teams'. Each green team completes a workbook of environmental actions to improve the performance of their work area to aim for Bronze, Silver or Gold accreditation.  The team in Mathematics consisted of Jessica Brennan, Laura Hibbert, Rosie Molton and Charles Taylor.

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