*Tuesday 1 ^{st} Week*

Dr Tony Gardiner (Birmingham)

*“A Theory is born: from equations to group theory”*

How does a mathematical theory evolve? Are there identifiable “turning

points” where a bunch of useful “tricks” is somehow turned into an

identifiable “theory”? The talk will look at some of the

stepping-stones that led, a century ago, to the emergence of group

theory as a prototype of modern mathematics.

*Tuesday 2 ^{nd} Week*

Ice-Skating outing

Meet outside the Maths Institute at 8pm (or in Carfax at 8:15). There

will be a charge of about £5 at the rink.

*Tuesday 3 ^{rd} Week*

Professor Nick Trefethen (OUCL)

*“Computational Mathematics in the 21 ^{st} Century – why algorithms
that take forever are faster than finite ones”*

Professor Trefethen will give examples, sketch some history, and argue

that this recent trend in large-scale computation has implications for

the future of science, mathematics and computation.

*Tuesday 4 ^{th} Week*

Dr Robin Wilson (Open University and Keble)

*“The proof of the four-colour map problem”*

The origins and proof of the map colouring problem: that the countries

of every map can be coloured with just four colours. First posed in

1852, it was not successfully solved until 1976, where a

computer-assisted proof requiring 1200 hours of computation finally

settled it.

*Tuesday 5 ^{th} Week*

Members’ Papers Evening

*Higman Room, Maths Institute, at 8:15pm*

Nick Fortescue “A Mathematical Problem” after S. T. Coleridge

Tim Bagot “Mathematical Notation”

David Wallace “How to Pass Finals: Applications of Time Travel”

Tom Womack “Big Prime Numbers”

Owen Massey “Is O. J. Simpson A Murderer?”

*Sunday 6 ^{th} Week*

*Archimedeans’ Problems Drive*

This annual event, hosted by our Cambridge counterparts, is always an

enjoyable occasion. If you are interested in coming, please contact the

Secretary.

*Tuesday 6 ^{th} Week*

Prof. W. Norrie Everitt (Birmingham)

*“Tell Us A Theorem”*

Last given to the Invariants almost ten years ago, Professor Everitt’s talk will include some of our history, as well as the theorem in question. Followed by the **Annual General Meeting**.

*Monday 7 ^{th} week*

The Annual Dinner

Our annual black-tie dinner, in Merton College at 8pm (meet in the

lodge at 7:45). Details and menu nearer the time.

*Tuesday 7 ^{th} week*

Dr Hilary Priestley (St Anne’s)

*Aristotle to Einstein – the non-variant Oxford curriculum*

This talk will deal with the history of mathematics teaching in

Oxford, spanning seven centuries of undergraduate mathematics.

*Tuesday 8 ^{th} Week*

Dr Keith Hannabuss (Balliol)

*“What killed Schroedinger’s Cat?”*

We end the term with a murder mystery … Schroedinger’s famous cat magnifies the strangeness of quantum theory up to the scale of everyday objects, with paradoxical results. This talk will describe the paradox, and discuss one of the suggested resolution

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