Bamboo grove, Arashiyama

Mark Muldoon

Reader, School of Mathematics

Teaching: Schedule, Autumn 2018

The links below lead to online materials for my current courses

Room: Room 2.130, Alan Turing Building (number 46 on this campus map)
Phone: (0161) 306 3646
(44 161 306 3646   from overseas)

There are various factors at work, but part of the answer to the problem of dinosaur gigantism seems to be that they had unusually efficient lungs, which worked on the same design found in birds. The lungs of a bird are “unidirectional” — they do not work like a bellows, but circulate air in one direction, thanks to a complex arrangement involving a series of air sacs that extend into special cavities in the bones. This means that birds can extract oxygen from air on inhalation and exhalation — “twice the bang for the buck, a continuous supply of energy-sustaining oxygen”. The fossil bones of some large dinosaurs show similar cavities, which are called pneumatic fenestrae: “They are exactly the same structures as in modern birds, and they can only be made by air sacs,” Brusatte explains. They also made the skeleton lighter. In fact, the bones of some large sauropods “were little more than honeycombs, featherweight but still strong”, hollowed out by the elaboration of “ultra-efficient lungs that could take in enough oxygen to stoke their metabolism at huge size”. Beyond birds and some dinosaurs, no other animals have the same design. Its unique efficiency seems to have helped sauropods to grow into giants, giving a T. Rex the bursts of energy needed to strike its prey from ambush and bite down with a force of three thousand pounds per tooth; today, the design makes it possible for modern birds to fly enormous distances in freezing and rarefied air.

From a review of Steve Brusatte's The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: The Untold Story of a Lost World, by Francis Gooding.

Top Autumn 2018

Weekday 9:00 → 10:00 10:00 → 11:00 11:00 → 12:00 12:00 → 1:00 1:00 → 2:00 2:00 → 3:00 3:00 → 4:00 4:00 → 5:00
Paszek & Roberts Labs
Listeria Meeting
Michael Smith: A.2026
    Discrete Maths
Alan Turing: G.107
  Amber Reid
(Project Student)
Discrete Maths
Problems Class
Alan Turing: G.107
Rajenki Das
  Xiaomeng Li
(Project Student)
Linear Algebra
(my advisees)
Roscoe: 4.2
Janaki Dodia
(Project Student)
    CURE Group
Lab Meeting
Various venues
      Apps of Pure Maths
Frank Adams 1
  Office Hours 10:00–11:30
Available to meet tutees
Alan Turing 2.130
Discrete Maths
Problems Class
Simon Building: 3.62
  Discrete Maths
Schuster: Moseley Theatre
  Stats & Machine Learning II
Uni Place: 3.210
Kieran Jones
(Project Student)
  Stats & Machine Learning II
Ellen Wilkinson: B3.17