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The next  confirmed event is below.

How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life

Alex Bellos

When?
Tuesday, May 6 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Alex Bellos

What's the talk about?

 From triangles, rotations and power laws, to fractals, cones and curves, bestselling author Alex Bellos will take you on a journey of mathematical discovery of how numbers have come to be our friends, how fascinating and accessible they are, and how they have changed our world.

 

From a survey of over 40,000 people Alex will reveal the world’s favourite number - and the least loved one.

Alex Bellos is the bestselling author of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland, which was shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize. He is the Guardian’s maths-blogger, and has worked for the paper in London and Rio de Janeiro as its unusually numerate foreign correspondent. He is currently a curator-in-residence at the Science Museum. His new book, Alex Through The Looking Glass, is out now and will be on sale on the night.

 

Please note that this event is on a Tuesday - we've moved from our usual first Monday of the month to avoid the Bank Holiday. Next month is back to normal.

The evolution of sex determination and sex differences in animals

Professor Judith Mank

When?
Monday, June 2 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Professor Judith Mank

What's the talk about?

Judith Mank talks about the evolution of sex differences in animals. She wants to understand the diversity of sex determination - from the familiar X and Y chromosomes in humans, to temperature-dependent sex determination in reptiles, the development of males from unfertilized eggs in bees, and sequential hermaphroditic fish that switch from one sex to the other during their lives and explain how it evolves so rapidly in animals.

She also studies how the evolution of separate sexes leads to inevitable conflicts between them, some of which can be resolved and some of which we just have to live with.

Judith Mank is Professor of Evolutionary and Comparative Biology at University College London, where she and her research group study the genetics of sex and sexual conflict in a lot of different animals, from birds and fish to flies.