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80th Anniversary Lecture

Robin Wilson

Date Icon Week 5, Friday 19 February HT 2016
Time Icon 5:30pm

To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Invariants society, we are hosting a special lecture and dinner with Prof. Robin Wilson. The lecture will be free for everyone, both members and non members. Lifetime membership will still be available on the door for £15 for those who wish to join the society.

The talk is entitled ‘Lewis Carroll in Numberland’ and will be held at 5.30pm in the Mathematical Institute. Here’s a little more about it from Robin:

If Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) hadn’t written Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, he’d probably be remembered as a pioneer photographer – and also as a mathematician? What mathematics was he interested in? – and how good was he? In this talk I’ll summarise his mathematical life and works in Victorian Oxford. There may be some celebrity appearances at this lecture!

Robin Wilson is an Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University and an Emeritus Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London. A former Fellow of Keble College, Oxford University, he has also held College lectureships at five other Oxford Colleges and was publicity Secretary of the Invariant Society in 1963-64.

A former President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, he has written and edited many books on the history of mathematics, including Lewis Carroll in Numberland, and also on graph theory, including Introduction to Graph Theory and Four Colours Suffice. Involved with the popularization and communication of mathematics and its history, he has been awarded the Mathematical Association of America’s Lester Ford award and Pólya prize for his ‘outstanding expository writing’.