Category Archives: events

conferences, seminars, lectures, etc

Old Codgers 2016

Yesterday, a beautiful sunny autumn day, I spent at the Old Codger’s Combinatorics Colloquium in Reading, where the campus with its lake and its many mature trees were looking glorious. There is some controversy about the position of the apostrophe … Continue reading

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Curves

Just back from an enjoyable evening at Gresham College, where Jan van Maanen from Utrecht gave the BSHM–Gresham lecture marking the tercentenary of the death of Leibniz next month, preceded by warm-up acts by Snezana Lawrence and my colleague Kenneth … Continue reading

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The nature of infinity

If you are in London next Thursday, 3 November, and at a loose end in the evening, you might like to come along to an event where John Barrow and I will discuss “The nature of infinity”. The event is … Continue reading

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Perth, week 3

The black swan is the emblem of Western Australia – but it seems a little odd that, on the State coat of arms, there is a picture of one being cooked in a large pot of water by two kangaroos … Continue reading

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Photography in St Andrews, art in Pittenweem

St Andrews is currently hosting a big photography festival. Because Fox Talbot’s patent on his photographic process was not valid in Scotland, local St Andrews photographers were able to have a go themselves, and develop the process. The festival covers … Continue reading

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YRM16 report

The Young Researchers in Mathematics conference took place this week in St Andrews. Since I was a plenary speaker, I was signed up as a proper participant, so I felt entitled to go to as many talks as I wanted … Continue reading

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Private information retrieval

Yesterday I was at a meeting on this subject at Royal Holloway, organised by Simon Blackburn. The subject is relatively young; it began in 1995 with a paper by Chor, Goldreich, Kushilevitz and Sudan. At the meeting, Alex Vardy gave … Continue reading

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