Past Events — Michaelmas 2017
Unless otherwise stated, the talks are held at 7pm in MR2 at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences (the CMS), Wilberforce Road.
11th October 2017 — Prof. Carlo Ravelli (CPT)
The Novel Worldview Suggested by Quantum Gravity (Maxwell Lecture)
This event was held at 8pm at Bristol-Myers-Squibb Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry.
Time, space, matter, particles, field, observer, system, substance... all the basic notions of the elementary grammar of our understanding of the physical world are put into question, and modified, by the current research in quantum gravity. I discuss this momentum change, how compelling are its motivations, and the novel worldview I believe is emerging: a coherent picture of the world where "time" and "space" and "objects" are not among the primary notions anymore.
13th October 2017 — Prof. Béla Bollobás (Trinity College)
Counting with Flair
This year we are celebrating the centenary of W.T. Tutte, the greatest codebreaker of WWII and one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th century. In my talk, which will be accessible to all undergraduates, I shall present some of his beautiful results.