Christmas Prestige Lecture
Date: Wednesday 08 Dec 2010
Time: 18:30 – Refreshments were 6:00pm for 6:30 start, Attendees enjoyed a buffet supper in the foyer of the Alan Berry Building after the lecture.
Speaker: Professor Ian Stewart, University of Warwick – Emeritus Professor of Mathematics , Digital Media Fellow freespace.virgin.net/ianstewart.joat/index.htm
Location: Goldstein Lecture Theatre, Alan Berry Building
Professor Stewart’s Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities, a surprise Christmas bestseller in 2008, is now accompanied by his Hoard of Mathematical Treasures. Both books are mathematical miscellanies for the general public, ranging from one-liners to mini-essays on the great problems and applications of mathematics. They include jokes, games, puzzles, and potted min-essays on important topics. Both are out in paperback for Christmas 2010.
Professor Stewart presented a selection of their contents, in an accessible and highly illustrated way.
We explored such interests as the paradox of the buttered cat, and the advisability of sending a Knight out on a Dog like this!