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Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Museum of London

Mathematics, Measurement and Money

Professor Norman Biggs

THE JOINT LONDON MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY/ GRESHAM COLLEGE ANNUAL LECTURE

Throughout its brief history, mathematics has been closely linked with measurement and money. In the ancient settlements the rules of arithmetic and geometry were used to solve problems about the allocation of food and resources. When life became more complex, the use of coined money led to computational problems that required good algorithms for their solution.

Nowadays we rely on mathematics for security, and the links between information and money have become blurred. Can mathematics keep us safe?


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From 1988 to 2006, Professor Biggs was Professor of Mathematics at the London School of Economics, where he was also Director of CDAM, the Centre for Discrete and Applicable Mathematics. Norman has written 13 books and over 100 papers on mathematical topics, many of them in algebraic combinatorics and its applications. He became Emeritus Professor in 2006 and continues to teach MA318 History of Mathematics in Finance and Economics for undergraduates.

He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics and a former General Secretary and member of the Council of the London Mathematical Society.

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24 May 2016

Mathematics, Measurement and Money
Professor Norman Biggs

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