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Thursday, 27 October 2016, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Leibniz (1646-1716) and the Curve of Quickest Descent

Professor Jan van Maanen

THE 2016 BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS / GRESHAM COLLEGE ANNUAL LECTURE

This year’s tercentenary of the death of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz puts Leibniz in the limelight - which is deserving both because of his involvement in challenging aspects of mathematics as well as his friendly diplomacy towards other mathematicians. The main speaker, Professor  Jan van Maanen will discuss Leibniz (1646-1716) and the Curve of Quickest Descent, preceded by shorter presentations by Dr Snezana Lawrence on Hold on to Your Chairs! – the Mathematics of Whirls, Spirals, and Curves and by Professor Kenneth Falconer on Fractal Curves: from the Esoteric to the Ubiquitous. 

There will be a short break at 5.30 pm. Ends at 7 pm

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Dr van Maanen is Professor of Mathematics at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

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