Since the 2015/16 academic year, SoMaS has been running an undergraduate pizza seminar series. The seminars introduce undergraduates to novel mathematics through a research style seminars covering a broad spectrum of content ranging all the way from classical mathematical stories that don't appear on the syllabus all the way to our own academic's cutting edge mathematical research. The seminars aim to be friendly, inclusive, and very informal; a good slice of the time is spent eating pizza!

This year the undergraduate Pizza Seminar is organised by Evgeny Shinder and Fionntan Roukema, and funded by the School of Mathematics and Statistics. Please contact us if you have any further questions.

The study of irrational and transcendental numbers forms a particularly odd branch of mathematics, concerned with understanding numbers that are specifically defined by their otherness. In this respect they are necessarily mysterious, as we can only study them in terms of what they are not. In this talk, I will introduce some familiar numbers and talk about the proofs that established their irrationality, before moving on to discuss some important results in the theory of algebraic and transcendental numbers.

- (29th of October 2019)
### Combinatorial proofs with a view to probability by Eve Pound

- (29th of March 2019)
### Black Hole Bombs by Prof. Elizabeth Winstanley

- (8th of March 2019)
### Individual-based models: Using mathematics to learn about populations by Dr. Alison Parton

- (16th of November 2018)
### Mathematical Pattern Formation and its Applications to Ecology by Natasha Ellison.

- (22nd of October 2018)
### A Tapestry of Mathematical Connections by Dr. Fionntan Roukema.

- (5th of December 2017)
### Random graphs and Twitter by Dr. Jonathan Jordan.

- (2nd of November 2017)
### p-adic integers and the number ...918,212,890,625. by Dr. Evgeny Shinder.

- (28th of March 2017)
### The Mathematics of Magnitude by Dr. Simon Willerton.

- (8th of December 2016)
### Which real numbers are nice? by Dr. James Cranch.

- (17th of November 2016)
### Hilbert's Third Problem by Dr. Fionntan Roukema.

- (9th of April 2016)
### The Mathematics of the Sun by Dr. Chris Nelson

- (9th of February 2016)
### Mathematics of the Rubik's cube by Dr. Evgeny Shinder

- (24th of November 2015)
### A Mathematical Celebration by Dr. Fionntan Roukema

- (13th of October 2015)
### Kites, Darts and the Golden Ratio by Prof. Sarah Whitehouse

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