Category Archives: history

the shadow of the past

National Windrush Day

Today is National Windrush Day. I’d like to put on record (for what it’s worth) my wholehearted support and sympathy for the Windrush generation. Although I have never suffered the ill-treatment meted out to some of the Windrush generation by … Continue reading

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The B. B. Newman Spelling Theorem

This is a guest post by Carl-Fredrik Nyberg Brodda, a recent Masters student at St Andrews and currently a PhD student at the University of East Anglia. The story has personal resonance for me, because it turns out that B. … Continue reading

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Alex Craik

Last month saw the death of Alex Craik, emeritus professor of mathematics at St Andrews. He spent most of his career here, working on fluid dynamics, and (latterly) on History of Mathematics. I didn’t know him very well, though he … Continue reading

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A puzzle

Last weekend we walked from Kinross to Falkland. Kinross is on the shore of Loch Leven (not the sea-loch of the same name on the west coast), which is drained by the River Leven (which flows into the Firth of … Continue reading

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G2D2, 3: excursions

Yaokun Wu wrote me about the China Three Gorges University logo: Another understanding of the logo of TGU is some sailing boats and books, meaning sailing in the sea (river) of books. As evidence for this, here is a picture … Continue reading

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G2D2, 1: setting the scene

I’m in Yichang, at the China Three Gorges University, for the conference and summer school G2D2 (“Groups and graphs, designs and dynamics”). This is the sixth meeting in the series: the previous ones were G2C2: Groups and graphs, cycles and … Continue reading

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Mary Queen of Scots Way

Walking is very popular now. To meet the demand, many new named long-distance paths have been created. I wrote earlier about my proposed X to Y walk, which I fully intended to do when I retired, but I haven’t quite … Continue reading

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Old Codger’s Combinatorics Conference

Wednesday was the Old Codger’s Combinatorics Conference at the University of Reading, a one-day meeting organised by Anthony Hilton. The position of the apostrophe is correct: it refers to the fact that Anthony admits that he is an old codger … Continue reading

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Linstat 2018

Or, to give the full title, International Conference on Trends and Perspectives in Linear Statistical Inference, with Celebration of Tadeusz Caliński’s 90th Birthday. The conference was in Będlewo Castle, once a private residence for a noble family which had more … Continue reading

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Anniversary

Today is the 50th anniversary of my arrival in Europe. I arrived in Southampton on the Shaw Savill Line ship “Southern Cross” on 21 August 1968, after a 36-day voyage from Sydney. I intended to stay three years or so … Continue reading

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