Category Archives: events

conferences, seminars, lectures, etc

How the light gets in, 2014

Last year, I went to the festival How the Light Gets In in Hay-on-Wye, where I took part in a couple of panel discussions. It was a lovely day out, which I described here. At this year’s festival in late … Continue reading

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66th British Mathematical Colloquium

By the time you read this, the BMC at Queen Mary will be over, or almost over. Due to circumstances more-or-less outside my control, I was only able to attend the first half-day. I heard the plenary lecture by Cédric … Continue reading

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BMC 2014

The BMC is happening at Queen Mary this April. There is a great list of speakers including an Abel prizewinner and Fields medallists beyond my limited ability to count. (The main speakers are Michael Atiyah, Robert Guralnick, Ngô Bảo Châu, … Continue reading

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From the archive, 7

Sitting on my shelves were various old notebooks in which I’d kept diaries from time to time. Four of them contained a training diary from 1987, my first year at Queen Mary and the year I ran the London Marathon … Continue reading

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Graphs and probability in Eindhoven

This week I was at a workshop on Graphs and Probability at Eurandom in Eindhoven. And yes, there was quite a bit of discussion of trees! Here are a couple of things that caught my eye (not the most significant … Continue reading

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Farewells

This has been a week of farewells from Queen Mary, after 28 years; certainly for me the end of an era. A leaving party First, on Monday, we had a leaving party, for four of us: apart from me there … Continue reading

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A visit to Oxford

Last night I went to Oxford to talk to the Invariants, the undergraduate mathematics society. I first arrived in Oxford in 1968; the mathematicians had fairly recently moved into the new Mathematical Institute. The letters I had received in Australia … Continue reading

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Enumerative Combinatorics

On Monday I began a ten-lecture course for PhD students on this topic at the London Taught Course Centre. The notes will appear on the LTCC website here, and I have posted the first week’s notes here. The rest will … Continue reading

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London Algebra Colloquium, 2

Today, the London Algebra Colloquium began a new year, and a new phase in its history. The Colloquium met at City University for the first time. No institution which was not a college or (in Imperial’s case recently) an ex-college … Continue reading

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E7.5

I’m at the workshop on Algebra, Combinatorics, Dynamics and Applications in Belfast this week. Despite the extremely friendly title, this is a meeting that takes me well out of my comfort zone. An excellent thing: I learned about categorification and … Continue reading

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