Dr. Robin Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the Open University and at Gresham College in London (where he held the oldest maths chair in the country), and is a former Fellow of Mathematics at Keble College, Oxford University will be speaking at an all-college convocation on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Burton Morgan Lecture Hall. Dr. Wilson will present his talk, “The Great Mathematicians”.
“How many great mathematicians can you name? What is a mathematician anyway? Last year Dr. Wilson co-authored a book entitled ‘The Great Mathematicians’. Aimed at the interested general public, this coffee-table book, containing 350 illustrations, consists of about 100 double-page spreads, each featuring a mathematician or group of mathematicians. In this lecture he shall present ten of these spreads on a wide range of topics, from Pythagoras’s geometry and the Mayans’ calendars, via Fibonacci’s rabbits and Napier’s logarithms, to the statistical work of Florence Nightingale and the contributions of David Hilbert.”
This event is sponsored by the Doris G. Gordon Lectureship Fund and is free and open to the public.