Nepalese Earthquake Appeal
Tandrang Gorkha

The small village of Tandrang Gorkha has been demolished, along with many others, due to the earthquake. The village's population of 4,368 is now without housing and possessions: nearly all 838 houses are gone. Our colleague Bishnu Lamichhane's mother and three brothers and their families are now without housing. Please help to assist his family and the entire village by donating; all immediate money will help with tents, food and clothing, and anything further will help them rebuild in the near future.

Nepalese Earthquake Appeal for Tandrang Gorkha: click for details



The Undergraduate Talks in Mathematics

"Some Stuff about Sum Stuff"
   — Dr Daniel Sutherland

"A Bit of Fun with RSA"
   —  Nathan Van Maastricht

12:00 pm, Tue, 26th May 2015
V104, Mathematics Building



"Replicating Numerical Experiments: The Decimal Expansion of Pi is Not Statistically Random"
   Mr Mohsen Reisi

1:00 pm, Tue, 26th May 2015
V205, Mathematics Building

CARMA Discrete Mathematics Seminar

"Unbiased bases, uncertainty principles and trades in Hadamard matrices"
    Padraig Ó Catháin

1:00 pm, Wed, 27th May 2015
VG25, Mathematics Building

These are the events in the next 7 days. For more, see the events page.


CARMA Director's news article goes viral

The recent article It’s often the puzzles that baffle that go viral (in the Conversation of April 16 2015) has itself gone viral with over 914,000 readers so far.

Matthew Tam invited to Heidelberg Forum

The Scientific Committee of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) has selected Matt to participate in the 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum, taking place from August 23 to 28 in H... [READ MORE]

2015 AMSI Winter School registrations are now open

Registrations are now open for the Winter School on Algebra, Geometry and Physics! Introductory lectures in the first week lead into in-depth specialist lectures in the second week. Mo... [READ MORE]


Selected quotation

"So my reaction surprises me. I tell Natalie that math is important and relevant and that I wished I'd made the effort to understand. I wish somebody had found a way of making sense of it all. This revelation comes from reading a stack of magazines about the future, about computers and artificial intelligence, cars and planes, food production and global warming. And I have come to the conclusion that Mr. Kool was right.

Math has something to do with calculations, formulas, theories and right angles. And everything to do with real life. Mathematicians not only have the language of the future (they didn't send Taming of the Shrew into space, just binary blips) but they can use it to predict when Andromeda will perform a cosmic dance with the Milky Way. It's mathematicians who are designing the intelligent car that knows when you're falling asleep at the wheel or brakes to avoid an accident. It can predict social chaos and the probability of feeding billions. It even explains the stock market and oil prices."


Paulette Bourgeois lives in Toronto where she is calculating the probability of ever balancing her chequebook. She is the author of the Franklin the Turtle books for children.

(Paulette Bourgeois)

Quoted from "The Numbers Game," The Globe and Mail July 13, 2000, page A14.


Membership to CARMA offers many benefits and is available by invitation to all University of Newcastle academic staff. Associate membership, also by invitation, is available to external researchers and practitioners for three-year renewable terms. Associate members are expected to visit CARMA with some frequency, typically for a total of three to four weeks in a year, and to be involved in one or more ongoing research projects with CARMA members. CARMA is able to assist with the travel and living costs of such visits.