Hermes Gadelha

University of Bristol


The wiggly mathematical tale of the sperm tail and other fables


Fluids and Materials Seminar


11th February 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Fry Building, LG.22


Breakthrough research into the mathematics of the sperm tail has profound implications for life itself, from human reproduction and male infertility to the left-right symmetry of organs in our body, including vital, though finite, ramifications for Brexit, the universe and everything else. In this talk, Brazilian-born Dr Hermes Bloomfield-Gadelha will attempt to brainwash the audience into thinking that fluid dynamics, elasticity and some exquisite Green’s functions will change your life (they won’t). After (aspiring) genius-level mathematical calculations, Gadelha will endeavour to show some predictive insights into the movement of this specialised microorganism, with little-to-no impact in real life. Connecting Alan Turing, Stokes, quantum theory, robots and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, this talk will recount the never-ending mathematical fables of the sperm tail.






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