Robin Wilson

beyond 8

Keynote presentation from Robin Wilson, Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Open University, a Fellow by special election of Keble College at Oxford: communicating mathematics – a historical and personal journey. Robin speaks eloquently, using slide-transparencies on an over-head projector – adding another media to the presentations on show at the Beyond 2010 conference.

Starting from an exam question ‘Describe some of the ways mathematicians have communicated their results to their colleagues’, e.g. the spoken word and the written word – with many examples, Robin covered some 4,000 years of mathematics history. Afraid this blog has suffered as I try to concentrate on the story of mathematics…

Therefore, an audio-visual taste of Robin’s 1,500+ one-off lectures about mathematics to public and other audiences is available:

  • from the Gresham College website
  • and presentations on ‘Lewis Carroll in Numberland: His Fantastical Mathematical Logical Life’ are available in video and in audio on iTunes-U

“It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it’s worthwhile, you do it well, and all the jobs that have to be done are done!”. Norman Gowar, Royal Holloway University of London.

Session 7 Beyond 2010.

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