CARMA renewed until 2020: read our presentation here



CARMA Seminar

"Einstein, Bach and the Taj Mahal: Symmetry in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities"
   Dr David Banney

4:00 pm, Thu, 22nd Aug 2019
VG10, Mathematics Building

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Philipp Braun wins best poster at AMSI Optimise

CARMA member Philipp Braun has won the best poster prize at this year's AMSI Optimise conference for his poster (with Chris Kellett and Steve Weller) on "Climate Economics on the Example of the DICE Model: An Optimal Control Perspective". Congratulations!

UoN mathematics recognised in ERA

Mathematics at UoN has again performed well in the ERA survey, with applied maths and statistics receiving ratings of 5 ("well above world standard"), and pure maths a rating of 4 ("above world standard"). Full results can be seen on the ARC's data portal.

CARMA dominating Mahony-Neumann-Room Prize for best ANZIAM paper

The 2018 winner of the Mahony—Neumann—Room prize for best paper in the ANZIAM Journal was two papers and one was by F. Aragon Artacho, J. Borwein and M. Tam for one of their 2014 papers. All three authors were members of CARMA at the time! Michael ... [READ MORE]

Promotion success

More promotion success this year, with long-time members Jeff Hogan and Michael Coons being promoted to associate professor. Congratulations!


Selected quotation

"The connections between chemical science and technology in the new synthetic-dye industry that began to develop after William Henry Perkin's synthesis of mauve in 1856 are complex. But one contribution of the science of carbon chemistry to the synthetic-dye industry was clearly crucial: chemical theory embodied in chemical formulae. Linear chemical formulae, like H2O for water, had been introduced by the Swedish chemist Jacob Berzelius (1779-1848) in 1813. They presented the composition of chemical compounds according to a theory of definite quantitative units or portions of substances. With atomism, this new quantitative theory shared the assumption of discontinuous composition of substances. But the algebraic form of Berzelian formulae avoided narrow definitions in terms of "atoms," which many chemists rejected as metaphysical entities. Letters, numbers, and additivity were sufficient to represent quantitative units of elements and discontinuous composition of compounds. Different arrangements of letters visually showed how units of elements were combined with each other. The structural formulae of the 1860s displayed chemical and spatial arrangements in an even more pictorial form.

Beginning in the late 1820s, chemists used chemical formulae as tools on paper to model the constitution of organic compounds. Using chemical formulae as paper tools, chemists reduced the complexity in the "jungle of organic chemistry" (F. Wehler). Chemical formulae enabled them, for example, to order organic chemical reactions by formula equations that distinguished between a main reaction, side reactions, and successive reactions.

In the 1860s, chemical formulae had become an emblem not only of academic chemistry but also of the synthetic-dye industry. Quantitative chemical theory was implemented in the new alliance between carbon chemistry and the synthetic-dye industry in the form of paper tools that were subordinated to chemists' experimental and technological goals (6). Compared with the connections between academic chemistry and the arts and crafts in the 18th

(Ursala Klein)

In "Not a Pure Science: Chemistry in the 18th and 19th Centuries" Science, 5 November 2004


Membership to CARMA offers many benefits and is available by invitation to all University of Newcastle academic staff. Associate membership, also by invitation, is available to external researchers and practitioners for three-year renewable terms. Associate members are expected to visit CARMA with some frequency, typically for a total of three to four weeks in a year, and to be involved in one or more ongoing research projects with CARMA members. CARMA is able to assist with the travel and living costs of such visits.