The Cambridge University Mathematical Society

Past Events — Michaelmas 2010

Unless otherwise stated, the talks are held at 7pm in MR2 at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences (the CMS), Wilberforce Road.

14th October 2010 — Professor Ben Green (DPMMS)

The Riemann Hypothesis

This event was held at 12pm at Cockcroft Lecture Theatre.

Find out about the most widely known of the Millennium Maths problems. (Even Hollywood recognises it with the film Proof!)

14th October 2010 — Freshers' Squash

This event was held at 1pm at St. Columba's Hall, Downing Street.

Meet new people, grab free pizza and of course, membership at reduced prices.

21st October 2010 — Deal yourself a winning hand.

This event was held at 7pm at Ramsden Room, St Catharine's College.

Find out about the closest thing to a sure thing in your career as an actuary. Join our sponsor, Lane, Clark and Peacock for drinks. For more info visit

5th November 2010 — rofessor Bela Bollobas (DPMMS)

Cambridge Gems

A rare opportunity to hear a talk from a winner of the Senior Whitehead Prize, holder of an 'Erdos Number' of 1 and simply one of the best speakers in Mathematics. In this talk, he will present three results by some of the most eminent Cambridge mathematicians of the last century.

11th November 2010 — Jane Street Capital Presentation

This event was held at 18:30-21:00 at The Newton Room, The Pitt Buildings, Trumpington Street.

Find out about a career in one of the fastest growing quantitative proprietary trading firms.

12th November 2010 — Professor Andrew Thomason (DPMMS)

Touring with Turing

What is a Turing machine? And is a Turing Machine smarter than a 10 year old? There's only one way to find out, of course ... yet by thinking about it instead, Turing reckoned they were about the same. We shall try to say why, and to offer a brief panorama of the mathematics behind computers, leading on to some tantalisingly simple-sounding open questions.

15th November 2010 — Careers in Quantitative Finance

This event was held at 18:00 at The Newton Room, The Pitt Buildings, Trumpington Street.

Gloucester Research Ltd invites Part III Maths and PhD students in Maths, Physics, Engineering, Statistics, Computer Science and Computational Biology to join them for an informal evening with drinks and canapes. Find more info here. 15th Nov, 18:00, The Newton Room, Pitt Building, Trumpington Street

19th November 2010 — Professor David Tong (DAMTP) Trumpington Street

Yang-Mills Theory (YMT)

The Yang-Mills equations govern the strong nuclear force which binds quarks inside the proton and neutron. They are a generalization of Maxwell's equations, though unlike Maxwell's equations, they are non-linear and correspondingly much harder to solve. This talk will describe the equations and explain some expected properties of the solutions, including the meaning of the famous "mass gap".

26th November 2010 — Fundamental Theorem of Comedy

This event was held at 19:30pm.

Will it be a continuous night of laughter? Will the humour have no upper bound? Will there be any maths references at all? Only ICE has the answer!