# Can maths catch criminals and bring them to justice?

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## Overview

Mathematical techinques lie at the heart of modern forensic methods for investigating crime and bringing the criminal to justice. Across all fields of crime detection and analysis, we encounter a rich range of applications of mathematical, statistical and probabilistic methods. This talk showed a broad range of mathematical and statistical methods used to bring the criminal to justice.

This is the 2006 joint London Mathematical Society / Gresham College lecture.

The other lectures held in collaboration with the London Mathematical Society include:

Mathematics: The Next Generation by Professor Peter Cameron

Home Office Mathematics by Professor Bernard Silverman

Undecidable and Decidable Problems in Mathematics by Professor Angus MacIntyre

Indra's Pearls: Geometry and Symmetry by Professor Caroline Series

Mathematics and Smallpox by Professor Tom Körner

** ** Cancer can give you maths by Professor Philip Maini

Multiplying and Dividing by Whole Numbers by Professor Timothy Gowers