James Grime: Star Trek - the Maths of Khan

James Grime: Star Trek - the Maths of Khan

Posted on behalf of Bath Taps into Science Festival

The original Star Trek featured many futuristic ideas such as warp drives, transporters, and travel to strange new worlds. What about the maths of Star Trek? After all, there’s no such thing as Maths Fiction...


  • The mathematics of alien biology;

  • a paradox that upset 20th century mathematicians as well as 23rd century androids;

  • and the most important question of all – when on a dangerous away mission, does the colour of your shirt really affect your chances of survival?

James Grime is a mathematician, lecturer, and public speaker with a personal passion for maths communication. He has a PhD in mathematics from the University of York and his academic interests include group theory (the mathematics of symmetry) and combinatorics (the mathematics of networks and solving problems with diagrams and pictures).  

James has worked for the University of Cambridge Millennium Mathematics Project, and travelled extensively giving public talks and visiting schools, colleges, universities, festivals and other events, reaching 12,000 people, of all ages, every year. This has included talks for Google, Microsoft, RSA conference, Maths Inspiration, Maths in Action, and BrainStem (Perimeter Institute Canada). He is a contributer to the educational mathematics channel Numberphile and hosts his own YouTube channel under the handle 'singingbanana'. Through his work, James hopes to explain his love of mathematics, to challenge some of the public’s misconceptions, and to explain why he considers it a subject closer to an art than commonly thought. 

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How much do the tickets cost?

The tickets are free of charge, but we do have an option for you to give a donation towards the organisation of the Festival. The Bath Taps into Science Festival is run by the University of Bath, but is funded through sponsorship and donations. You do not have to give a donation, it is completely optional.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, the talk is suitable for people of all ages although very young children may struggle as it will be a one hour talk.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is avaible at the University of Bath, which is free after 5pm, otherwise there are pay and display spaces avaible. For more details see the University of Bath parking webpages.

Buses run regualrly to the University of Bath from the centre of Bath. All the details of how to get to the University are on the University travel information webpages.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Ideally you will bring a printed ticket or use the Eventbrite app so we can check you in. If you don't have either on the day don't worry, we can check you in manually using your name.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, you can update your information on the eventbrite page up until the event.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes, that is not a problem.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can email us at bookings@bathtapsintoscience.

09 Mar 2019 at 1:00pm
until 09 Mar 2019 at 2:00pm
The Edge Arts Centre
University of Bath Campus

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