Dr Marasingha Teaches Nexus How To Cut Cake Using Mathematics

By on Jun 28, 2017 in Blog |

Senior Mathematics Lecturer from the University of Exeter, Dr Gihan Marasingha, visited Nexus today to talk about the Mathematics of Social Choice.

He used the analogy of cutting and sharing a cake to teach the mathematics of making choices which provide optimal satisfaction. Dr Marasingha introduced the idea of ‘mathematical fairness’ and explored how this intriguing idea applies to real life scenarios such as the ongoing Brexit negotiations to penalty shootouts.

The students were asked to play an adapted version of the ‘prisoner dilemma’ game, where they could choose to share with or steal money from their partner.

Dr Marasingha also held a tutorial with Mia, a Nexus VI student who is completing an EPQ project on the use of the Fourier Transform in MRI.

We are delighted that Dr Marasingha make the journey to Nexus and wish to thank him for his fascinating lecture.