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9 Videos That Illustrate Why Math Matters

Math in Our Lives Video Series Explains How Applied Math Shapes the World Around Us

Have you ever tried to explain the importance of applied math to your friends and family? SIAM has created the ‘Math in our Lives’ video collection to help you do just that! This series of 90-second animations showcases different fields of applied mathematics, their impacts on society, and their associated SIAM journal.

1. Can math be used to predict sea level rise and its impact?

What is the best use of personal energy while running track? These are topics of recent SIAM journal articles, and addressed in our Math in Our Lives video series! Watch the video now to dive into these subjects and learn more about SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics (SIAP).



2. How can math affect the sharpness of photographs?

How can math affect ultrasound technology, the sharpness of photographs, or the restoration of paintings? Watch this video to learn how math relates to our ability to precisely read important images like photographs, video, radar, and medical imaging. Learn more about SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences (SIIMS).



3. How can math affect climate change, functionality of automobiles, or cancer treatment?

Watch this video to find out how math can help us learn more about rising sea levels, performance and efficiency of cars, and effectiveness of cancer treatment. Learn more SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (SISC).



4. How can math affect Olympic diving, public opinion, or flight safety?

Watch this video to find out how momentum and shape changes of dives can be described as math models, how people's social networks impact their opinions and the emergence of opinion clusters, and how math can help make flying safer. Learn more about SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems (SIADS).

5. How can math affect disease spread, climate projections, and space?

Watch this video to find out how sensitivity analysis can help us figure out where and how a disease will spread over a global region, how statistical methods can consolidate international climate data and provide more certainty, and how probability density functions help us track orbits of astronomical objects, preventing them from intersecting with Earth's orbit. Learn more about SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification (JUQ).


6. How can math explain the color of Jupiter's rings? 

How can math affect behavior of liquids in a moving container, or the sound of musical instruments? Watch this video to find out how math can help us learn more about non-linear responses involved in slosh dynamics, dynamical systems theories related to the perpetual storm of Jupiter's "Great Red Spot", and mathematical techniques used to create time frequency portraits of musical sound. Learn more about SIAM Review (SIREV).


7. How can math affect how researchers anticipate disease diagnosis using DNA?

How can math affect how researchers predict the migration of bacteria and inform the public or assist with recovery of corrupted data? Watch this video to find out how math can help us learn more about where deadly bacteria will migrate over large space and time scales, the equations governing chaotic systems and how they can be used to recover physical information from corrupt data, and multiscale analysis and upscaling techniques that hold predictive value in disease diagnosis. Learn more about Multiscale Modeling and Simulation: A SIAM Interdisciplinary Journal (MMS).

8. How can math and data impact businesses?

How can mathematical, statistical, and computational methods in the context of data and information sciences impact us in science, engineering, business, and medicine? Watch this video to find out how the data analysts, scientists, and engineers who build innovative technology work to make the next breakthroughs. Data science really is EVERYWHERE! Learn more about SIAM Journal on Mathematics of Data Science (SIMODS).


9. How can applications of algebra, geometry, and topology impact the real world?

Watch this video to find out how algebra and geometry can help us in creating the computer vision that will merge tomorrow’s vehicles onto the freeways themselves and much more. Learn more about SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry (SIAGA).

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