Materials dominate our lives. The clothes that we wear, the tools that we use, the cars that we drive, the aeroplanes that we fly in and the houses that we live in are all made up of materials. Modern electronics would not be possible without the development of new materials that don't occur in nature. Even our history has been defined in terms of the materials that we use, from the stone age, to the bronze age, to the iron age.
In this series of articles Chris Budd looks at the maths of materials, in particular meta materials which can be designed to have the properties we need for whatever context they will be needed in. The articles are based on Chis Budd's Gresham College lecture. You can see a video of the lecture on the right and find out more about this ongoing lecture series here.
About the author
Chris Budd OBE is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath, Vice President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Chair of Mathematics for the Royal Institution and an honorary fellow of the British Science Association. He is particularly interested in applying mathematics to the real world and promoting the public understanding of mathematics.