Monthly Archives: November 2012

Statistics and whisky

Those of you with an interest in applications of statistical methods might like to make space in your diary for the RSS Glasgow Local Group meeting on 17 December (room 203 in the Mathematics and Statistics Building of Glasgow University, … Continue reading

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Quotation for the week: Copernicus

A famous phrase here from Copernicus’s Preface to De Revolutionibus, in which he encourages Pope Paul III not to listen to “babblers” who criticise his work without being qualified: Mathemata mathematicis scribuntur. Mathematics is written for mathematicians.

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After the Burn

A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn’t there. — Charles Darwin A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. — Alfréd Rényi I’m not sure which of these definitions of … Continue reading

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Quotation for the week: Gordan / Noether

This week’s quotation is anecdotal, but it captures a sensation many of us will recognise. The context is that Paul Gordan, an eminent German mathematician who had spent much of his life working on invariant theory, had just encountered a … Continue reading

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Quotation for the week: al-Haytham

Some advice this week from the mediaeval Arabic scholar Ibn Al-Haytham (better known in the West as Alhazen), the founder of what became the modern theory of optics: The duty of the man who investigates the writings of scientists, if … Continue reading

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Aiming high

Some of you may already have seen the feature article in this week’s issue of Nature about the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences. What you probably don’t know is that our own Wilson Lamb has been involved with this institute … Continue reading

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The lost chord

For anyone else who didn’t manage to make it to the British Science Festival in Aberdeen this summer, even with the promise of mathematical talks to entice you, here’s a nice wee video in which Dr Kevin Houston of the … Continue reading

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