If you’ve been following the programme for the Engage with Strathclyde week — as I’m sure you have — then you’ll be aware of the university’s Images of Research competition. The winning entries are on display this week in the Collins building, and also online. This year, for the first time, there’s a successful entry from Maths & Stats: Dr Andre Sonnet’s photo of a blackboard full of algebra.
If that sounds less than perfectly thrilling (surely not?) then you might like to ponder the following questions. What might an “image of research” in mathematics or statistics look like? Is it appropriate to try to represent mathematical work visually? Does it matter whether we can or not? (The people who run the Images of Research competition clearly reckon that it does!) And, in each of these cases, what does your answer say about what you believe that mathematics is?
Thoughts and suggestions in the comment thread, please…