PyNE Mar 2016 - Python makes maths fun

location Campus North | 6pm - 8.30pm Wed 9 March 2016

This month Rowan Hargreaves (@rowanharg) will be showing us how maths is fun with Python. He will take us through a few everyday problems from probability, statistics and applied maths and show us how to use Python on your computer to solve them. And we will have a lightning talk from Seraphim Alvanides: Using Python in computational geography.

Making maths fun with Python:

There is no denying that maths, probability and statistics are hard. There are a lot of difficult concepts underlying these topics, but with the application of a few quite simple ideas and the ability to do basic programming you can solve them! If you can write a loop in Python you can solve these problems!

You will see how you can easily figure out if someone is cheating at cards or playing with loaded dice or a weighted coin; you will see how to calculate Pi (and learn about its history); and perhaps if we have time you will see how to calculate a rocket's trajectory and simulate a liquid!

This will be a tutorial style talk where you are encouraged to play along as we go. You will need a laptop with Python installed and a text editor and that is it!

This talk really is suited to beginners - if you can write a loop in Python this talk is for you.

Why a "computational" Geographer had to get into coding and opted for Python (instead of R;-)

Seraphim is an academic at Northumbria University, teaching Geographical Information Systems (GIS). In this 15 mins talk he will reveal when he first started coding (hint: ZX), what computer he used at his high school (hint: BBC), why he gave up coding (hint: OOP) and why he decided to start coding again very recently. You will also find out why Seraphim thinks Python is the best language for working with geographical data and doing interesting things with GIS and mapping

Pizza will be courtesy of our kind sponsors Sharpe Recruitment (@sharperecruit) and Pebble (@mypebble) - get there early to get a slice! And we once again will be hosted by the ace folks at Campus North (@campusnorthuk).

Campus North is down the hill from the Body Zone Gym and the Bunker Coffee & Kitchen on the corner of Carliol Square. Please ring the doorbell, or tweet @PythonNorthEast, to get let in.

Hope to see you there and please spread the word.

The meetup requires a minimum of 15 signed up to proceed.


Campus North

5 Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1, United Kingdom

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