Abstract

In 2012 the UK Government identified eight great technologies which would act as a focus for future scientific research and funding. Other governments have produced similar lists. These vary from Big Data, through Agri-Science to Energy and its Storage. Mathematics lies at the heart of all of these technologies and acts to unify them all. In this paper I will review all of these technologies and look at the math behind each of them. In particular I will look in some detail at the mathematical issues involved in Big Data and energy. Overall I will aim to show that whilst it is very important that abstract mathematics is supported for its own right, the eight great technologies really do offer excellent opportunities for exciting new mathematical research and applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Progress and Modern Challenges in Applied Mathematics, Modeling and Computational Science.
EditorsR. Melnik, R. Makarov, J. Belair
Place of PublicationNew York, U. S. A.
PublisherSpringer New York
Pages245-262
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781493969685
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameFields Institute Communications
Volume79

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)

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Budd, C. (2017). Eight great reasons to do mathematics. In R. Melnik, R. Makarov, & J. Belair (Eds.), Recent Progress and Modern Challenges in Applied Mathematics, Modeling and Computational Science. (pp. 245-262). (Fields Institute Communications; Vol. 79). New York, U. S. A.: Springer New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-6969-2_8