This year’s Edinburgh Mathematical Society Popular Lecture will be held in Edinburgh on Friday 22 February 2013. The speaker is Dr David Bedford from Keele University, who will talk on “Tales of Ants, Bricks, Bugles, Barrels and Infinity”. The abstract for his talk runs as follows:
In this talk we will look at what mathematicians mean by infinity and present some of the counter-intuitive (and hopefully entertaining) consequences of this approach. You will be introduced to a very persistent ant, a rather surprising bugle, a barrel containing infinitely many balls and a pile of bricks! The talk is accessible to students taking Scottish Higher maths but should contain plenty to keep more experienced mathematicians interested.
In previous years several Strathclyde students have gone through to Edinburgh for these lectures and enjoyed them. If you’re interested in knowing more, you might like to contact the Strathclyde rep for the EMS, Dr Gabriel Barrenechea.
Full details: the talk will take place in Lecture Theatre 2, Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh, starting at 1630; tea is served from 1600 outside the theatre for anyone who gets there early. All are welcome to attend, whether EMS members or not!