Termcard for Hilary 2011
Unless otherwise stated, events take place on a Tuesday in the Maths Institute at around 8:15pm
Tuesday Week 1, 18th January - Noncommutative Geometry & Physics
Dr Keith Hannabuss – Balliol College
Keith Hannabuss' research includes Quantum Theory, Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras. In the talk, we will see how some of these interact with each other, stressing the importance of geometry in the study of physics.
Tuesday Week 2, 25th January - 75th Anniversary Talk: Euler – 300 years on
Prof. Leonhard Euler – Imperial Academy of Arts and Sciences, St Petersburg
The Invariant Society celebrates its 75th anniversary in style with a man who made large contributions to a great variety of fields, including the famous 'Seven Bridges of Königsberg' problem. Prof. Euler will reminisce about his life and mathematical works.
Wednesday Week 2, 26th January - Information is Beautiful (with OU Scientific Society)
Mr David McCandless
Data visualisations and information design is a rising trend across many disciplines: science, design, and journalism. Some interesting and unexpected things can happen when you visualise data, knowledge and ideas.
Tuesday Week 3, 1st February - Cosmology
Prof. Sir Roger Penrose - Wadham College
Renowned for his work in mathematical physics, in particular his contributions to general relativity and cosmology, Sir Roger Penrose has received a number of prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics which he shared with Stephen Hawking. He will speak to us about the wonders of the cosmos and some exciting recent advances.
Tuesday Week 4, 8th February - Members' Papers
This annual event gives our members the chance to shine by presenting their own papers. We will divide the usual time over a variety of members' interests.
Tuesday Week 5, 15th February - A Variety of Flags
Dr Jan Grabowski - Keble College
To a mathematician, a flag is a collection of subspaces of a vector space. The collection of all flags has a fascinating geometrical and algebraic structure; we will explore some examples and a few related topics.
Tuesday Week 6, 22th February - Emmy Noether
Prof. Harvey Brown - Wolfson College
Amalie Emmy Noether was an influential German mathematician known for her groundbreaking contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics. David Hilbert, Albert Einstein and others described her as the most important woman in the history of mathematics. We will look at her work in physics.
Tuesday Week 7, 29th February - Mythical beasts in algebra
Dr James Cranch - University of Leicester
For decades, mathematicians have motivated much work by referring to several deeply interesting algebraic objects which sadly fail to exist under the normal definitions. We will see several of these.