Device is incompatible to play the video
Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 4:45PM - 5:30PM
Museum of London

Just Imagine! The Tale of i

Professor Raymond Flood

THE 2017 BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS / GRESHAM COLLEGE ANNUAL LECTURE

This year’s event will focus on the beauty of Mathematical Relationships. The main speaker, Professor Robin Wilson will discuss Pi and e, and the most beautiful theorem in mathematics, preceded by shorter presentations by Professor John Barrow on Zero is a Hero and by Professor Raymond Flood on Just Imagine: The Tale of i. 

There will be a short break at 5.30 pm during which refreshments can be purchased from the Museum Cafeteria. Ends at 7 pm.

Speaker_RaymondFlood_370x370.jpg

Raymond Flood has spent most of his academic life promoting mathematics and computing to adult audiences, mainly through his position as University Lecturer at Oxford University, in the Continuing Education Department and at Kellogg College. In parallel he has worked extensively on the history of mathematics, producing many books and writing diverse educational material.

He is Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford, having been Vice-President of the College and President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics before retiring in 2010. He is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast; Linacre College, Oxford; and University College, Dublin where he obtained his PhD.

He enjoys communicating mathematics and its history to non-specialist audiences, as he has done recently on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time and on transatlantic voyages with the QM2. Two of the most recent books with which he has been involved are The Great Mathematicians, which celebrates the achievements of the great mathematicians in their historical context, and Mathematics in Victorian Britain,which assembles into a single resource research on the history of mathematicians that would otherwise be out of reach of the general reader.

His first year of lectures as Gresham Professor of Geometry was titled Shaping Modern Mathematics:

The 19th Century saw the development of a mathematics profession with people earning their living from teaching, examining and researching and with the mathematical centre of gravity moving from France to Germany. A lot of the mathematics taught at university today was initiated at that time. Whereas in the 18th Century one would use the term mathematician, by the end of the 19th Century one had specialists in analysis, algebra, geometry, number theory, probability and statistics, and applied mathematics. This series of free public lectures looks at the shaping of each of these mathematical areas and at the people who were involved.

Professor Flood continues his Geometry series in the 2015/16 academic year, entitled 'Great Mathematicians, Great Mathematics'.

Professor Flood's previous lecture series' are as follows:

2014/15 Great Mathematicians, Great Mathematics
2013/14 Applying Modern Mathematics
2012/13 Shaping Modern Mathematics

All of Professor Flood's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

Read More
Read Less
Related Future Lectures
Related Past Lectures
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Maths of Proportion in Art, Design and Nature

Professor Sarah Hart
Monday, 7 February 2022 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Beauty of Geometrical Curves

Professor Sarah Hart
Monday, 14 March 2022 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Surprising Uses of Conic Sections

Professor Sarah Hart
Monday, 25 April 2022 - 1:00PM
WATCHED

Oxford’s Savilian Professors of Geometry: 400 Years On

Professor Robin Wilson
Tuesday, 3 May 2022 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Incredible Sine Wave and its Uses

Professor Sarah Hart
Monday, 23 May 2022 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Maths of Gyroscopes and Boomerangs

Professor Hugh Hunt
Wednesday, 25 May 2022 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Maths of Beauty and Symmetry

Professor Sarah Hart
Monday, 22 November 2021 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Histories of Numbers

Professor Karine Chemla
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Knot Just Numbers: Andean Khipu Strings

Manuel Medrano
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 - 4:45PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Sanskrit Mathematics in the Language of Poetry

Dr Anuj Misra
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 - 4:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Maths of Perspective in Art

Professor Sarah Hart
Monday, 18 October 2021 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Maths vs. Covid-19

Professor Julia Gog OBE
Thursday, 27 May 2021 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

The World of Isaac Newton

Professor Raymond Flood
Monday, 28 September 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Turing and von Neumann

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Hardy, Littlewood, Cartwright and Ramanujan

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Gauss and Germain

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Babbage and Lovelace

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Hamilton, Boole and their Algebras

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Histories of Numbers

Professor Karine Chemla
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Knot Just Numbers: Andean Khipu Strings

Manuel Medrano
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 - 4:45PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Sanskrit Mathematics in the Language of Poetry

Dr Anuj Misra
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 - 4:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Reserve Currencies in the Era of Fiat Money

Professor D'Maris Coffman
Wednesday, 21 October 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Cryptocurrencies: Protocols for Consensus

Professor Andrew Lewis-Pye
Wednesday, 21 October 2020 - 5:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Thomas Harriot on the Coins of England

Professor Norman Biggs
Wednesday, 21 October 2020 - 4:00PM