Number Crush - Dr. Hannah Fry

6.30-7.30pm, Thursday 13th October 2016 (with coffee and registration from 6pm)

Hannah Fry

Registration for the 2016 Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Lecture is now open. Please note that registration will close at 5pm on Tuesday 11th October 2016, and we are unable to accomodate further requests after this deadline. 


Lecture Theatre B, University Place, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL (number 37 on the campus map). 


Dr Hannah Fry is a lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behaviour - particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism. 

Hannah is an experienced public speaker and regularly visits theatres and schools to talk about the joy of Mathematics. She is also a regular on both the radio and television. Recent appearances on tv include “Horizon: How to Find Love Online” (BBC 2) and “City in the Sky” (BBC 2) (currently showing). Her YouTube videos have clocked up over 5 million views, including her popular TED talk "The Mathematics of Love”.


We all like to think of ourselves as strong, independent and single-minded individuals. But despite our illusion of free will, despite the seemingly random sets of circumstances that bring about our decisions, our behaviour as humans is surprisingly easy to predict.

The more we use technology, the more we leave behind a data footprint of our actions in almost everything that we do. These traces of human behaviour are captured in the numbers and reveal surprisingly simple mathematical patterns that unite us all. Patterns that can predict our behaviour and have the potential to shape the way we view our societies and cities.

But new, big data also comes with new, big problems and there’s a reason why – despite the data deluge - we seem as ill-informed as ever.

Join Hannah Fry as she charts the highs and lows of our relationship with data, revealing the delightful insights the numbers can offer and demonstrating how often they can be downright misleading. 


6.00 pm                Registration and Coffee

6.30 pm                Introduction to the Lecture

6.35 pm                Lecture by Dr. Hannah Fry – Number Crush

7.25 pm                Closing Remarks

7.30 pm                Wine Reception

8.30 pm                Close


To request a space for the event, please register your interest here. Any requests for group bookings (for three or more people) should be made by emailing Jenny Sloan



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