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Minerva Lecture Series at the University of Bath

University of Bath
The Avenue
Claverton Down
Minerva Lecture Series at the University of Bath


Free to attend - booking required


Marriage, Divorce and Body Mass Index - what's economics got to do with it? Dr Joanna Syrda - University of Bath

Lecture Theatre 8W1.1

7th March

What does economics have to say about everyday experiences, such as marriage, divorce and BMI? As it turns out – a lot. This lecture will explore competing social science theories linking marriage and BMI: marriage market, marriage selection, marriage protection and social obligation and how these offer conflicting predictions. Joanna will talk about results of her recent study, which clear up much of the confusion, and why you should be worried when your spouse starts losing weight.



Closing the Gap: the quest to understand prime numbers Dr Vicky Neale, University of Oxford

Lecture Theatre 8W1.1

14th March

Prime numbers have intrigued, inspired and infuriated mathematicians for millennia and yet mathematicians’ difficulty with answering simple questions about them reveals their depth and subtlety.

In this talk, which shares its title with her new book, Vicky will describe recent progress towards proving the famous Twin Primes Conjecture and the very different ways in which these breakthroughs have been made -- a solo mathematician working in isolation, a young mathematician displaying creativity at the start of a career, and a large collaboration that reveals much about how mathematicians go about their work.



The secret science of superheroes Prof Mark Lorch, University of Hull

Lecture Theatre 8W1.1

21st March

Ever wondered what a superhero eats for breakfast? Do they need a special diet to feed their superpowers? The odd metabolisms of superheroes must mean they have strange dietary needs, from the high calorie diets to fuel flaming bodies and super speeds, to not so obvious requirements for vitamins and minerals. The Secret Science of Superheroes looks at the underpinning chemistry, physics and biology needed for their superpowers. Take a look at synthesising elements on demand, genetic evolution and what superhero suits could be made of. These topics introduce a wide range of scientific concepts, from protein chemistry to particle physics for a general scientifically interested audience.


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Opening Times

Opening (7 Mar 2018 - 21 Mar 2018)

* All lectures start at 17.15

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