Category Archives: history

the shadow of the past

A trip to Hull

At the end of last week I went to Hull. This is a place I hadn’t been to before, although it was City of Culture last year. I stayed overnight in the Hull Royal Hotel, where Queen Victoria (pictured above) … Continue reading

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Summer research into print

I described here the outcome of a summer research project in 2016 with St Andrews undergraduates Horacio Guerra and Šimon Jurina, on power graphs of torsion-free groups. (It took us a while to write it up, for various reasons.) The … Continue reading

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Xu Guangqi

Our hotel in Shanghai is very close to the tomb of Xu Guangqi (1562-1633), Chinese Renaissance man: mathematician, first Chinese translator of Euclid, astronomer, calendar reformer, military strategist, agronomist, and more. Just across the road from our hotel is the … Continue reading

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Shrikhande 100

Professor S. S. Shrikhande is 100. I offer him my warmest congratulations and birthday greetings. Among much else in his distinguished career, he was one of the three who showed that a pair of orthogonal Latin squares exists for every … Continue reading

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Around All Hallows Eve

A few things to note, at this very autumnal time of year. On Saturday we went to a concert, part of the St Andrews Voices festival. The concert was given by Dowland Works (five singers including Emma Kirkby, and two … Continue reading

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Charles Sims

This morning I received the news that Charles Sims died on Monday. Sims was one of the most influential figures in computational group theory, but was much more besides. His name is attached to two sporadic simple groups; the one … Continue reading

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The Fife Coastal Path

A week or so ago saw for me the end of a journey that had been in progress for more than twelve years. I first walked a stretch of the Fife Coastal Path (St Andrews to Crail) on the free … Continue reading

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