Diary of a Black Mathematical Modeller: Definition of Tallawah

Diary of a Black Mathematical Modeller: Definition of Tallawah

Definition of Tallawah: Very strong-willed, fearless and not to be underestimated or taken lightly.

Once again I am apologising for not blogging for so long. But hey ho, I am busy! Nevertheless, I enjoying writing down my thoughts now and again. 🙂

The Month of May 2021 – was an exciting month for some many reasons.

1. I appeared on BBC Radio 4 – Life Scientific where I had a wonderful time speaking to Professor Jim Al-Khalili. The response to this broadcast was totally amazing and I have to say of all of my radio interviews this one was the best! Now in one part of the interview I actually spoke Jamaican Patois (pronounced) “Patwah” which is a mixture of English and West African dialect. I never intended to speak Patios, but Professor Jim did pressed me on the origins of the saying “You don’t need anybody permission to be a great mathematician!” and how my parents had the knowledge and/or confidence to come up with the saying even though this had gone against the intellectual elite at the time.

2. I reconnected back to my research area – The Mathematics to stop an AI apocalypse . I did two presentation, one for the Mathematics Application Consortium for Science and Industry (Ireland) and the other to the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers. I received these comments respectively

“An excellent piece of science communication”

&

“I have attended many sessions in the last year but we were treated to one of the most interesting ones tonight”

The Mathematics to stop an AI apocalypse remains my best technical talk as some much of it is actually the application of my PhD’s toy model.

3. I was interviewed by one of my Black Heroes of Mathematics – Professor Erica N Walker – who wrote the book – Beyond Banneker: Black Mathematicians and the Pursuit of Excellence. Watch my twitter space for more news about this project.

4. I was interviewed on the community radio station – Fantastic Radio. It was really good engaging and chatting about maths in this forum

5. I represented the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications as the Presidents of the European Mathematics Society Members organisations. This was a fascinating meeting listening to mathematicians fro all around Europe. I did a short presentation on the Black Heroes of Mathematics Conference which was well received

All in all a busy but successful time.

Let me remind you what Tallawah means. It means – Very strong-willed, fearless and not to be underestimated or taken lightly. This is my powerful mathematical identity.