Lecture, Barnard's Inn Hall, Wednesday, 22 May 2024 - 18:00

Logarithms: Mobile Phones, Modelling & Statistics?

a slide rule

Logarithms were perhaps once thought of as just an old-fashioned way to do sums on slide rules. But they underpin much of modern life, from modelling the COVID pandemic to Claude Shannon’s mathematical theory of information (which makes mobile phones a reality) and making sense of Cristiano Ronaldo’s crazy Instagram follower numbers.

This lecture will explore the basics and history of logarithms, and then show how they are a natural way to represent many models and datasets.

Professor Oliver Johnson

Professor Oliver Johnson

Oliver Johnson is Professor of Information Theory in the School of Mathematics at the University of Bristol, where he is Director of the Institute for...

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