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Real v recreational mathematics

A footnote to my report on Persi Diaconis’ lecture on Martin Gardner. Persi challenged us to consider the question: Is there a sharp division between “real” mathematics and “recreational” mathematics, and if so, where does it come? G. H. Hardy clearly thought … Continue reading

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66th British Mathematical Colloquium

By the time you read this, the BMC at Queen Mary will be over, or almost over. Due to circumstances more-or-less outside my control, I was only able to attend the first half-day. I heard the plenary lecture by Cédric … Continue reading

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BMC 2014

The BMC is happening at Queen Mary this April. There is a great list of speakers including an Abel prizewinner and Fields medallists beyond my limited ability to count. (The main speakers are Michael Atiyah, Robert Guralnick, Ngô Bảo Châu, … Continue reading

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