List by Author: Rachel Thomas

The calculus of the complex

Calculus has long been key to describing the world. Now fractional calculus is providing new ways of describing complex systems.

How maths can help you get ahead of the S-curve

The maths behind the S-curves that allow us to tell if a new variant is on the rise.

Logistic growth: The mathematics of COVID variants

How to tell quickly if a new variant is on the rise.

Why the generation time of COVID-19 is importantTo work out the famous R number you need to know the time between infections.
Understanding the generation time for COVID-19

How long does it take for one person to infect another?

Black Heroes of Mathematics 2021

This inspiring conference featured speakers from Africa, the US, the Caribbean and the UK. Here are some highlights.

Opening the black box

The organisers of a new INI programme explain why we need to know more about the maths behind machine learning and deep neural networks.

The mathematical shapes in your brain

Join us as we follow Kathryn Hess on a mathematical mystery tour of the marvellous intricacy of the brain!

Going with the flow: are lateral flow tests useful?

Lateral flow tests have become a common feature in our lives. What impact can they have on managing COVID-19?

A breath of fresh air

Could COVID-19 change our expectations for clear air indoors?

The physics of language

Can physics shed new light on understanding language? An exciting new approach that brings together theoretical physics, mathematics and computer science might give us a new way to capture what makes a language unique.

Keeping up with COVID-19

Trying to work out the real time incidence of a disease in the middle of pandemic has never been done before, but the team behind the ONS COVID-19 Infection Survey have developed a way to do just that.

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