Growing up in a tiny village in Ireland, Dr Shane Keating's interest in maths was first sparked by games such as chess and cards. That initial spark has led to a career spanning three continents, fascinating research in mathematical oceanography, and a position as a lecturer in maths at UNSW.
What is the best way to distribute a large number of points on the surface of a sphere? There are many answers to this question, depending on what you mean by "best". Many of these problems have intrigued researchers for many years, and some are still unsolved today.
Applications of this research range from modelling the Earth's climate to the design of golf balls.Read the full article.