UP International Day of Mathematics 2021

  • DATE

    14 March

  • TIME

    10:00 - 16:00



The International Day of Mathematics (IDM) is a worldwide celebration of mathematics. The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at UP will take part in the celebration of IDM on Sunday 14 March 2021. The event is targeted at anyone interested in Mathematics. Speakers for the event are Professor Jacek Banasiak (Title of lecture: Applied Mathematics, Past, Present and Future) and Professor James Raftery (Title of lecture: Logic and Mathematical Discovery). The lectures will be followed by a panel discussion with both speakers and three other panellists: Professors Kerstin Jordaan, Bernardo Rodrigues, and Jan Harm van der Walt. There will also be afternoon activities which include mathematics quiz, Rubik’s cube, and mathematical puzzles.

Date: Sun 14 March 2021
Time: 10h00-12h00 (live stream) 14h00-16h00 (afternoon activities).
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Live stream programme : 10h00-12h00 

Platform: YouTube
Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYp-W9XSTEOYTPoDZ6wsPgA

Lecture: Prof. Jacek Banasiak. “Applied Mathematics, past, present and future”

Abstract: We present a short tour of mathematics through ages and continents and try to identify the branch of intellectual endeavour commonly referred to as applied mathematics. We briefly discuss some cases in which applications inspire (pure) mathematics and conversely when mathematics gives a boost to applications. Finally, we sketch some major challenges in (applied) mathematics.


Lecture: Prof. James Raftery. “Logic and Mathematical Discovery ”

Abstract: The easily understood statements of three striking theorems will be presented.  The theorems will not be proved, but something will be said about how they were first discovered.  In all cases, mathematical logic played a significant role, although its relevance is not visible in the statements.

Panel discussion: “Mathematics in South Africa and in general”

Prof Jacek Banasiak
Prof Kerstin Jordaan
Prof James Raftery
Prof Bernardo Rodrigues
Prof Jan Harm van der Walt

Afternoon activities : 14h00-16h00

Platform: Discord
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    14h00-15h00 Parallel activities. (Rubik's Cube Solving, Mathematical Puzzles).
    15h00-16h00 Mathematicians Trivia Quiz

(Note: Rubik’s Cubes are available at the Crazy Store).

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