Q Seminars

I'm the convener of the "Q Seminars", which is a group of staff, students and ex-students, who meet fortnightly over dinner, to share their enjoyment of mathematics in a relaxed and friendly environment. Each year is devoted to a special theme:

  • 1998: Galois Theory
  • 1999: Probability and Measure Theory
  • 2000: the Riemann Hypothesis
  • 2001: the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
  • 2002: the Continuum Hypothesis
  • 2003: Group Representations
  • 2004: Celestial Mechanics
  • 2005: Nonstandard Analysis
  • 2006: Hilbert's Nullstellensatz
  • 2007: Quaternions and Octonions
  • 2008: Integer Partitions
  • 2009: The Mathematics of Voting
  • 2010: Google PageRank and the mathematics of the internet
  • 2011: Combinatorics of words
  • 2012: Arnold’s “Dynamics, Statistics and Projective Geometry of Galois fields”
  • 2013:  “Elliptic tales: Curves, Counting and Number Theory”, by Ash and Gross
  • 2014: Random Matrices, using Terry Tao's book
  • 2015: Graph colouring, using Alexander Soifer's "The Mathematical Coloring Book"
  • 2016: "Forcing for mathematicians", by Nik Weaver
  • 2017: "A Singular Mathematical Promenade", by Etienne Ghys
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