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This December, the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and the Australian Mathematics Society (AustMS) invite media to two special events with University of Cambridge Corfield Lecturer and Pure Mathematics and Statistics Fellow and 2019 Mahler Lecturer, Dr Holly Krieger.

2 December 2019 – Tour the Mandelbrot Set                                                                      
6pm, HJ Michell Theatre, the University of Melbourne
This one night only public event will reveal the beauty and wonder that is the Mandelbrot set. From spirals to Fibonacci, you will discover why this ‘pretty picture’ continues to captivate the world.

9 December 2019 – The Mathematics of Life                                                              
5.30pm, Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland
Hosted by the University of Queensland, AMSI and AustMS present 2019 Mahler Lecturer, Dr Holly Krieger for one night only in Brisbane. With emerging links to biology, many fields of mathematics are proving powerful tools in man’s quest to unlock the complexity of living things.

Free to attend, these events are part of the 2019 Mahler Lecture tour. A fun and engaging introduction to the world of maths, each talk will engage and inspire audiences from high school to 100.

About the 2019 Mahler Lecture Tour
Jointly sponsored by AMSI and AustMS, the Mahler lecture series brings global mathematics leaders to Australia. They aim to boost public support and engagement with mathematics, by hightlighting its beauty and its role in innovation and shaping our world. Each program features public outreach events and a series of specialist academic lectures exploring some of the most important fields of mathematics.

From 22 November to 19 December, Dr Holly Krieger will deliver two public lectures in Melbourne and Queensland and 11 specialist lectures to academic audiences in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, and Sydney.

Full program:

Media Opportunity
Media are invited to attend the public lectures, with Dr Krieger available for interview while she is in Australia.

Quotes for Media

Dr Holly Krieger, Corfield Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Cambridge
“Taking a tour of the Mandelbrot set is the mathematical version of a visit to the Amazon, or the Great Barrier Reef, or the Russian tundra.  It’s a wonder of the mathematical world, full of aesthetic beauty and only partially explored.  It’s a perfect example of how a mathematical object can be very easily described and well-studied, but still mysterious and compelling.”

“I have only one hope for public talks – I want everyone to have one of those amazing moments where for all your life, you never knew or understood properly, and then suddenly, it clicks!  And not only does something new make sense to you, it makes *so much* sense that you can’t imagine never understanding it again. So, it’s not that I want to communicate some new definition or picture – it’s that I want everyone to see something that they’ve never seen or never understood, and really make it their own knowledge, for the first time.”

AMSI Director, Professor Tim Brown
“AMSI is pleased to partner with AustMS on the 2019 Mahler Lecture Tour. An important opportunity to strengthen global collaboration and engagement, these events are a powerful platform for all Australians to deepen their understanding of the beauty, value and importance of mathematics and its role in so many areas of our lives,” Professor Tim Brown, AMSI Director

AustMS President, Professor Jacqui Ramagge
“We are pleased to partner with AMSI on this tour, which provides a platform to bring the best of international mathematics and statistics to all Australians. With the ability to engage high school students and specialist researchers alike, Holly is an outstanding communicator and researcher and we are excited to have her on board,” Professor Jacqui Ramagge, AustMS President

For Interview:
Dr Holly Krieger, University of Cambridge
Professor Jacqui Ramagge, AustMS President
Professor Tim Brown, AMSI Director

Media Contact: Laura Watson
P: 04215 18733

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