Barry Simon colloquium on 12 December 2017

12 December 2017

Colloquium at UCL

Speaker: Prof Barry Simon (Caltech)

Title: More Tales of our Forefathers

This is not a mathematics talk but it is a talk for mathematicians. Too often, we think of historical mathematicians as only names assigned to theorems. With vignettes and anecdotes, I’ll convince you they were also human beings and that, as the Chinese say, “May you live in interesting times” really is a curse. More tales following up on the talk I gave at KCL in 2014. It is not assumed listeners heard that earlier talk. Among the mathematicians I’ll discuss are Riemann, Newton, von Neumann and Noether.

Time and Venue: 3.00pm in Room D103 (25 Godron Street), UCL. See the map for further details. There will be a small reception afterwards in Mathematics Room 502 (25 Gordon Street).



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