Math/Maths Podcast‚ Live Recording and an afternoon of mathematical activities Wednesday 17th November 2010, Queen Anne 180, from 1pm
Since June, Peter Rowlett and Samuel Hansen have been recording a weekly transatlantic chat about mathematics news called the Math/Maths Podcast. Peter is the 'maths' side of the conversation from Nottingham, England, and Samuel is the 'math' side from Las Vegas, USA. In November 2010 Samuel will visit Peter in Nottingham and the two are coming to Greenwich for a live recording of their podcast and an afternoon of mathematical activities. During Samuel's visit, Peter will take him on a Maths and Computing History tour of Nottingham. The first event of the afternoon will be a talk by Peter and Samuel on what they have learned on this tour. Nottingham is home to George Green, a local miller and self-taught mathematician whose discoveries in the early 19th Century form part of the story of healing the split in mathematics caused by differences between Newton and Leibniz over the Calculus. Nottingham is also the location of the Byron family grave, burial place of Ada, Countess of Lovelace, whose work with Babbage on the design for his analytical engine in the late 19th Century means she is regarded as the world's first computer programmer. In the first part of the 20th Century, Nottingham was home to the European factory of Burroughs Adding Machines, a must have‚ office device until the advent of modern computers. Finally we will tell the story of a visit to Nottingham in 1929 by Albert Einstein to give a lecture on his new theory of relativity.
George Green's windmill, Important note for students with lectures until 1pm: you are welcome to join us at any point during this first hour, to allow you time to have a break, or arrive at 2pm ready for the podcast recording. At 2pm there will be a live recording of the Math/Maths Podcast. Come armed with your opinions on recent maths news as well as questions for our American visitor! Following the podcast recording, we will take Samuel to see the Greenwich Royal Observatory to learn something about the history of maths in Greenwich. And following this we will retire to the pub.
Schedule 1pm Talk: 'Maths and Computing History tour of Nottingham: George Green, Ada Lovelace, Burroughs Adding Machines and Albert Einstein' 1.50pm Break 2pm Math/Maths Podcast Live! 3pm Walk to Greenwich Royal Observatory 4.30pm Pub
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