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24 January 2024

5 Incredible Times Maths Saved the World

Mathematics isn’t just numbers – it’s a powerful tool that can be mastered to affect great change. Here are a few examples of how it has showed up throughout history to both enhance and save lives.

The Enigma machine

The Enigma Code Breakers

Alan Turing and a group of British mathematicians used advanced mathematics to crack the Enigma code used by the Nazis during World War II. Their amazing work laid the foundation for modern computing.

People queuing to be tested during pandemic

Epidemiology and Disease Control

Mathematicians create models that predict how diseases spread and help public health officials make informed decisions. This application of maths played a crucial role in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, showing its life-saving potential.

Extreme weather from above

Weather Forecasting and Disaster Prevention

Mathematical models also help meteorologists predict severe weather events. This means whole communities can prepare for hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods – which are now increasingly commonplace.

Financial workers assessing risk

Financial Risk Management

The 2008 global financial crisis highlighted the importance of mathematical models in risk management. Using statistics and probability theory, financial risks can be assessed and mitigated.

Person entering destination on GPS device

GPS and Navigation

By using signals from satellites and precisely calculating distances and positions, GPS has transformed how we navigate the world – from exploring a new city to finding our way in the wilderness.

Keen to Flex your Mathematical Muscles?

You will develop and improve your maths skills during many of ICRGU’s programmes, including our dedicated pathway in Architecture. Did you know that geometry, algebra, and trigonometry all play a crucial role in architectural design?

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