Category Archives: events

conferences, seminars, lectures, etc

D’Arcy Thompson

D’Arcy Thompson’s celebrated book On Growth and Form was published 100 years ago. To celebrate this and the fact that Thompson was Professor of Mathematics at St Andrews for 64 years (and had been at Dundee before that, for part … Continue reading

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The history of computing

Today, the School of Computer Science at St Andrews put on this year’s Distinguished Lectures. The lecturer was Ursula Martin, and she spoke about the history of computing, or more precisely, “What every computer scientist should know about computer history”. … Continue reading

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Carnival of Mathematics

The Carnival of Mathematics, a monthly blogging round-up, will be hosted on the CoDiMa site in October. (It travels round various mathematics blogs but is coordinated by Katie at The Aperiodical.) My contribution to the carnival is a piece called … Continue reading

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Summer school at Marienheide

Last week, I was lecturing at a summer school in Franz Dohrmann Haus, a very pleasant conference centre in the small town of Marienheide, not far from Köln. Apart from a walk on Wednesday afternoon, I didn’t get much exercise, … Continue reading

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p-values

To Glasgow on Monday for the 36th Fisher Memorial Lecture, Stephen Senn talking on “And thereby hangs a tail (the strange history of p-values)”. p-values have taken a bit of a hammering lately. I understand that they are being blamed … Continue reading

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All kinds of mathematics: workshop and conclusion

The final day of the conference was devoted to a satellite workshop on “Symmetry in finite and infinite structures”. The morning was a solo performance by Laci Babai, in which he explained in detail his quasi-polynomial algorithm for graph isomorphism. … Continue reading

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All kinds of mathematics, 4

The fourth day began with a talk by László Babai on his quasi-polynomial algorithm for graph isomorphism. Two longer and more detailed accounts were scheduled for the workshop; this talk gave the context, and an important lemma which underlies the … Continue reading

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