During the Summer half-term break, the Mathematics Department invited pupils to take part in a virtual seminar and write an article about it.

Lower Sixth Former Wiktoria Lassak attended a talk titled ‘Making Sense of the Coronavirus Crisis: The Science of the Virus’, part of the Minerva series of lectures organised by the University of Bath. Fellow Lower Sixth Former Caspar Clothier watched a recording of a lecture by senior lecturer Kit Yates from Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath. The title of his talk was ‘The Maths of Life and Death’. Both pupils produced sterling and thoughtful write-ups of their respective lectures.

Wiktoria wrote: It seems to me that, according to our conscience, we can all see the changes that have taken place in the whole of society. Of course, many behavioural changes have been imposed top-down by the government to prevent the spread of the virus, which would directly affect our sense of security. However, it was up to us to comply with them. From us, it required discipline and staying alert. People needed a clear message and personalised advice supported by evidence.’

Downside Sixth Form Wiktoria Lassak  Downside Sixth Form Caspar Clothier

Click here to read Wiktoria’s full write-up.
Click here to read Caspar’s write-up.