Category Archives: history

the shadow of the past

An LTCC book

The Taught Course Centres for PhD students in the Mathematical Sciences were set up as the result of a recommendation of the last-but-one International Review of Mathematics. The review panel said that the highly specialised nature of British PhDs meant … Continue reading

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Christians and Muslims

Christianity and Islam are siblings. Like most siblings, they spend a lot of time fighting bitterly, but they can also collaborate in a spirit of tolerance and even love. So I was very pleased to see this in Istanbul last … Continue reading

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Museum of the History of Science

(This is being posted from Istanbul, with some delay because of problems with the wi-fi.) This small museum is one of the minor gems of the university city of Oxford. It was founded in 1924 as the result of a … Continue reading

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John Wallis

I guess that, if most mathematicians were asked about John Wallis, they would say that he had an infinite product formula for π. I knew, too, that he was a cryptanalyst in the mid-seventeenth century: I got this from Iain … Continue reading

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‘Twixt Wales and England

With a gig in Bristol on 1 June and another in Hay starting on 3 June, I had a day spare, and decided to spend it walking from Abergavenny-on-Usk to Hay-on-Wye along the ridge that separates England from Wales. The … Continue reading

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More graphs

John Bamberg is reporting on New Directions in Combinatorics on SymOmega (his report on Day 1 is here), so I will not even attempt to be comprehensive, but will just pick some plums. Not very long ago, I reported the … Continue reading

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Hirst prize and lecture

Yesterday the London Mathematical Society held a meeting in St Andrews to celebrate the award of the inaugural Hirst Prize to my colleagues John O’Connor and Edmund Robertson. The prize is named after Thomas A. Hirst, 5th president of the … Continue reading

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