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The story of π

This talk for TY & 5th Years covers the entire history of π, from the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians, via Archimedes, China and the Middle Ages, to the Indiana court case and the advances of the modern computer age.
What
  • Transition Year
  • Dublin
  • Senior Cycle Secondary
  • Secondary
When Oct 13, 2015
from 09:45 AM to 10:45 AM
Where DCU Dublin
Contact Name
Contact Phone (01) 7005293
Attendees TY 5th Year Secondary School
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The story of π

This talk for TY & 5th Years covers the entire history of π, from the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians, via Archimedes, China and the Middle Ages, to the Indiana court case and the advances of the modern computer age.

 

Professor Robin Wilson is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Geometry, a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Open University, and a Stipendiary Lecturer at Pembroke College, Oxford. Professor Wilson also regularly teaches as a guest Professor at Colorado College.

Professor Wilson's academic interests lie in graph theory, particularly in colouring problems, e.g. the four colour problem, and algebraic properties of graphs. He also researches the history of mathematics, particularly British mathematics and mathematics in the 17th century and the period 1860 to 1940 and the history of graph theory and combinatorics.

 

Outside of the strict mathematical canon, Professor Wilson is particularly interested in the musical output of Gilbert and Sullivan - an interest that has given rise to publications and two Gresham College lectures: 'The Other Side of Sullivan' and 'A Sing-In with Gilbert and Sullivan'.

Prior to his appointment as Gresham Professor of Geometry in 2004, he was the Visiting Professor in the History of Mathematics. Upon his appointment to the Geometry chair, Professor Wilson said: "Mathematics is, and has always been a central part of human culture, and I do not believe that one can fully understand the subject if it is separated from its historical roots. My proposed lectures are designed to support this conviction."

All of Professor Wilson's past lectures at Gresham College can be accessed at

http://www.gresham.ac.uk/professors-and-speakers/professor-robin-wilson

Suitable for Transition and 5th year students

Booking Essential with Karen O'Shea  (01) 7005293, karen.oshea@dcu.ie