Last Thursday we welcomed Dr. Dominic Vella, Professor of applied mathematics at the Mathematical Institute in the University of Oxford, for the annual d’Overbroeck’s Maths Lecture. His subject was, “Understanding Elasticity – new wrinkles on Guass’ Pizza Theorem”. One of the students who attended, Christine Sheung, writes:
“In the lecture, Dr Vella started off by giving a brief introduction to continuum mechanics, and then focused on elasticity of thin objects and surface tension. Apart from delivering lots of technical facts, he communicated complex, abstract Math concept into real life situation. It is a common knowledge that when we are eating pizza, we hold the slice in a U shape to avoid the toppings from falling off. But Dr Vella led us to think further about the Maths behind this, and how this clever trick works all because of wrinkles and folds.
“Dr Vella is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic in his field, and I think this was definitely one of the most enjoyable and stimulating lecture that I have attended.”
Dr Vella is seen here with two of our other Sixth Form students who attended the lecture.