WHO WE ARE
Jess and Caoimhe
Having met in 2015 at the start of our PhDs in applied maths at the University of Oxford, we bonded over our passion for making maths accessible, promoting its many applications and encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM subjects.
This led to the creation of mathematigals, an organization to foster diversity among the physical sciences.
Our mission is to answer the age-old maths question
"when will I ever use this?"
encouraging girls to love and pursue careers in maths.
MEET THE TEAM
Caoimhe was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and studied pure maths at Trinity College Dublin before undertaking her PhD in applied maths at the University of Oxford. She also participated in the International Space University's Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program in 2018.
Caoimhe is fascinated by space and how maths can help uncover the mysteries of the universe and is currently undertaking a research fellowship at NASA Ames Research Center. She studies distant planets called exoplanets with the goal of understanding how they formed, what they're made of and ultimately if they could harbor life.
Motivated by the lack of general knowledge of the endless applications of mathematics, Caoimhe hopes that mathematigals will help banish the misconception that maths is useless by demonstrating how maths is the language of our universe and truly is everywhere.
Jessica was born in London, UK, but grew up mainly in California, USA. She studied mathematics and applied sciences - with a specialisation in medical and biological sciences - at UCLA. She moved back to the UK in 2014 to study for a master's, followed by a PhD, at the University of Oxford in applied maths.
Jessica believes that mathematics provides a toolkit to revolutionise many areas of medical science by quantifying clinical decision-making. Her primary interests lie in fluid dynamics (e.g. blood flow) and the effect of geometry (e.g. blood vessel shape) and she is currently exploring these areas as a postdoctoral researcher at MIT and Harvard Medical School.
Researchers in the physical sciences (mathematics, computer science, engineering) are comprised of less than 25% women. Jessica hopes mathematigals will help combat this gender gap by encouraging girls to love and become lifelong learners of maths.
At the end of every month mathematigals will post a new video breaking down a mathematical topic or application.
We hope these can be enjoyed by people of all ages. See our latest instalment below!
Want to learn about some mind-boggling mathematical paradoxes and curiosities in just one minute?
Check our our #1minutemaths videos for a quick introduction to some cool concepts!