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Adam Kucharski

The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread and Why they Stop

Adam Kucharski

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

2:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

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Science writer and expert in infectious disease outbreaks Dr Adam Kucharski looks at why some ideas and diseases spread and some fail to take off at all.

Kucharski says that while we live in an ever more connected world, we often struggle to grasp how ideas, trends and even diseases spread. He argues that outbreaks are driven by randomness and we need to think like mathematicians to understand them. New mathematical approaches are helping to tackle contagion, from revolutionary initiatives to deal with gun control in Chicago to uncovering the truth about the spread of fake news.

Kucharski is associate professor and Sir Henry Dale Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he works on mathematical analysis of infectious disease outbreaks. He writes about science including for national newspapers and magazines and is author of The Perfect Bet, about the relationship between science and gambling.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Marlene Hauser Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 12th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Critchleys Owen Mumford Sponsor of programme on science and medicine HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Siren Communications Corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd