Prof. Robin Wilson, Open University & Pembroke College, University of Oxford
The circle number pi has fascinated people for thousands of years?. Who first called it pi? Who had it engraved on his tombstone? Who tried to pass a law declaring it to be 3.2? How can we find pi by tossing needles? And can one square the circle? You’ll find the answers to all these questions - and much, much more - by coming to this lecture.
In addition to Robin Wilson’s academic publications in graph theory, he is the author of a range of popular texts from Sudoku, through history of maths, to Gilbert and Sullivan.