Film

The Mathematics of Mordor

Edge Theatre

A must for maths and Lord of the Rings fans alike.

Chris Budd, UoB Mathematic Professor and OBE for services to education, talks about the maths and the science behind the Lord of the Rings, as imagined by JRR Tolkien and Peter Jackson. Find out how, or indeed if, the mathematics adds up within the fantastical structuring of the books and the film, and see how some of the amazing special effects were created. Clips from Lord of the Rings will be used to illustrate the presentation.

Professor Chris Budd is a British mathematician known especially for his contribution to non-linear differential equations and their applications in industry. He is one of the founders of Bath Taps into Science, a major hands-on science festival which has won several national prizes in the 14 years it has been running.

Chris will be joined by Darren Cosker, Director of the Centre for Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA). Darren is a Reader in Computer Science and has worked on visual effects projects with the entertainment industry since 2010. He’ll bring along his motion capture suit for a live demonstration.

The discussion will be chaired by our film programmer Nick Cunningham, a publisher and journalist specialising in the European film trade. He publishes the daily newspapers at the world-renowned international festivals of IDFA (International Doc Fest Amsterdam) and Rotterdam, and writes regularly about both the international documentary trade and Dutch film production. He has been a Lord of the Rings nut since first reading it at the age of 16.

£8.50, £6 concs

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men, doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne.J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings