John Baez

Mathematics Department, Hong Kong University

March 23, 2011

Energy, the Environment, and What Mathematicians Can Do

Our heavy reliance on fossil fuels is causing two serious problems: global warming, and the decline of cheaply available oil reserves. Unfortunately the second problem will not cancel out the first. Each one individually seems extremely hard to solve, and taken together they demand a major worldwide effort starting now. After an overview of these problems, we turn to the question: what can mathematicians do to help?

To see the slides of this talk, click here. To see the source of any piece of information in these slides, just click on it!

For online discussion of this talk, go here for the first part and here for the second part.

If you're interested in math, energy and the environment, visit my blog and check out the Azimuth Project, which is a collaboration to create a focal point for scientists and engineers interested in saving the planet. We've got some interesting projects going.

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Also check out the list of relevant conferences, and add to it if you know more!

Here are some things that didn't make it onto the slides:

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