Dr Matthew Lettington

Dr Matthew Lettington

Lecturer

School of Mathematics

Media commentator

Following the award of my PhD (Number Theory) in 2010, I joined Cardiff University as a Lecturer, obtaining a tenured position as an SBP Fellow in May 2012.

My main research interests lie on the interface of Number Theory, Combinatorics and Linear Algebra. In particular I am interested in generating discrete sets (possibly infinite) with combinatorial and number theoretic properties, via elements of superalgebras under matrix multiplication.

In addition to my research I am also interested in mathematics education. Recently I appeared on The One Show, with the ground-breaking story "It Doesn't Add Up" concerning errors in GCSE revision guides. This story also appeared on the front page of The Times (24/01/2017) and in a number of other newspapers and media outlets, leading to radio and TV interviews. Since then I have acted as a consultant to the secondary education sector regarding the new GCSE and A level programmes.

Administrative duties

Undergraduate Project Co-Ordinator

School of Mathematics Newsletter Editor

Year 3 Tutor

Honours and awards

SBP Fellowship awarded May 2012

Professional memberships

Memeber of the London Mathematical Society (LMS)

Academic positions

  • June 2006 - Aug 2010: Mathematical Consultant, JSC Management und-Technologieberatung AG, Eltville, Germany
  • Oct. 2001 - April 2010: Lecturer in Mathematics, Gloucestershire College, Cheltenham.

Speaking engagements

  • August 2008. A dynamic approach to product sales forecasting. SMiCR, Cardiff.
  • May 2013. Recent progress in Bernoulli relations, their implications for the Ramanujan polynomials and the special values of the Riemann zeta function, Wales Mathematics Colloquium, Gregynog.
  • May 2014. Higher-Dimensional Lucas and Fibonacci Sequences, Wales Mathematics Colloquium, Gregynog.
  • March 2015, On Higher Dimensional Interlacing Fibonacci Sequences, Continued Fractions and Chebyshev Polynomials (Abstract), LMS, WIMCS – Bath Analysis Day, Swansea University.
  • July 2015, On Higher Dimensional Interlacing Fibonacci Sequences, Continued Fractions and Chebyshev Polynomials (Abstract), 29th Journées Arithmétiques JA 2015, Debrecen University, Hungary.
  • Friday, September 4 2015, 3.00pm, Chauvenet Hall, Room 143,  Invited Talk, Applied Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium, Colorado School of Mines,  On Higher Dimensional Interlacing Fibonacci Sequences. (Abstract).
  • May 2016. On Block Representations and Spectral Properties of Semimagic Square Matrices, Wales Mathematics Colloquium, Gregynog.
  • October 14 2016,  Modern Aspects of Analysis and Scientific Computing (A joint Cardiff University — KU Leuven meeting), Plenary talk entitled On polynomial expressions for higher-dimensional Fibonacci sequences, Faulhaber sums, and some theorems of Fermat.
  • January 24 2017, Television interview with BBC Wales Today and Radio interview live on Good Morning Wales regarding the ground-breaking story screened by BBCs The One Show, and appearing on the front page of The Times newspaper, entitled “It Doesn’t Add Up.
  • March 21 2017, Tinted Lens – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Invited Talk entitled Concrete Mathematics in relation to the Theodore Melfi film The Hidden Figures.
  • July 3 2017, On Binomial Polynomials Mimicking Riemann's Zeta Function, 30th Journées Arithmétiques JA 2017, Caen University, France.
  • May 2018. On Sum-and-Distance Systems, Reversible Square Matrices and Divisor Functions, Wales Mathematics Colloquium, Gregynog.
  • June 2018. On Sum-and-Distance Systems, Reversible Square Matrices and Divisor Functions, Bohemian Matrices and Applications, June 20-22, 2018, Manchester University. http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/~higham/conferences/bohemian/slides_lettington.pdf

ESGI 80 Collaboration

April 2011. Loading on the electricity grid from distributed energy storage systems.

Seminar talks

February 2014. On rational convergents to the cosine of rational multiples of Pi, Analysis Seminar Programme, Cardiff.

March 2012. Recent progress in the distribution of lattice points near to convex surfaces and polytopes. Analysis Seminar Programme, Cardiff

Educational and media outreach

  • In 2015 I advised and participated in an episode for the Discovery channel series entitled Man V Expert, featuring the celebrity Alexis Conran, and the Oxford Number Theorist Professor Minhyong Kim.
  • In late 2016 I put together a team of PhD students and staff from Cardiff School of Mathematics to investigate errors in GCSE Maths Book on behalf of the BBCs The One Show. The results made the front page of The Times Newspaper and were screened on the BBCs The One Show on January 24 2017. They story was also covered in many other national newspapers including  The Herald, The Independent, The Daily Mirror and The Daily Express. On the same day I appeared on both Television (BBC Wales Today) and Radio (Good Morning Wales) to discuss our findings.

Committees and reviewing

Year Three Tutor

Reviewer for Zentralblatt

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My current teaching duties include:

  • MA4011 Analytic Number Theory
  • MA0317 Elementary Number Theory III

Previously I have taught:

  • MA3004 Combinatorics
  • MA0216 Elementary Number Theory II
  • MA2002 Matrix Algebra
  • MA0111 Elementary Number Theory I
  • MA1000 Calculus
  • MA0104 Modelling (with Difference and Differential Equations)

My main research interests lie on the interface of Number Theory, Combinatorics and Linear Algebra. In particular I am interested in generating discrete sets (possibly infinite) with combinatorial and number theoretic properties, via elements of superalgebras under matrix multiplication.

More generally I am interested in:

  • Combinatorial and number theoretic properties of matrices with symmetry properties under matrix multiplication.
  • Congruence properties of rational sequences generated by orthogonal polynomial systems.
  • Integer points close to convex hypersurfaces and polytopes.
  • Identities for the Zeta function at integer values.

Project Descriptions

The general theme is centred on constructions and limits of sequences of vector convergents, systems of polynomials and generating function matrices, including the application of special function theory. There are a number of possible directions within this project as there are currently many areas that are of interest from description/categorisation theories to general unifying approaches and extensions of current methodologies

The student will learn about ideas from number theory and mathematical analysis. The project will involve an element of numerical analysis via Mathematica.

Current supervision

David Humphreys

Research student

Past projects

Successful previous PhD students:

  • Dilbak Mohammed (second supervisor)
  • Sally L. Hill (first supervisor)

Areas of expertise