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Discovering the physics and chemistry of the cosmos is different to carrying out experiments in the lab. In the lab, samples can be tested, experiments can be repeated, and if anything looks odd, you can always look from another angle to see if it's just a trick of perspective. For astronomers, none of this is possible: the only information they have is in the light that reaches their telescopes. More...
The Department of Mathematics was one of the founding departments of UCL and as such it
is the third oldest Mathematics department in England.
Since its beginning, Mathematics at UCL has been enhanced by its many
outstanding members of staff including JJ Sylvester, WK Clifford and Sir
James Lighthill. Two of its students
(and later staff) Professors Klaus Roth (1958) and Alan Baker (1970) have
gone on to win the Fields Medal, the Mathematician's equivalent of the
Nobel Prize. Another former member of staff, Professor Tim Gowers won the
Fields Medal in 1998 for work he did whilst at UCL.
The department engages in world-leading research in both pure and applied
mathematics including analysis, number theory, inverse problems, fluid mechanics with industrial and environmental applications, integrable systems, combinatorics, field theories and gravitation, mathematics applied to biology and medicine, and theory of composites and homogenisation. The department is committed to excellence in teaching and its broad range of research interests is reflected in the large choice of courses available in the third and fourth years of the degree programmes.
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