Device is incompatible to play the video
Monday, 21 October 2019, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

The Mathematical World of C. L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

Professor Robin Wilson

BOOK LAUNCH

Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) is best known for his Alice books. But his day job was as a mathematics lecturer at Christ Church in Oxford. What mathematics was he interested in? – and how good a mathematician was he? 

This illustrated lecture and book launch will attempt to answer these questions by outlining his mathematical life, labours and legacy in the context of Victorian Oxford.

Speaker_RobinWilson_370x370.JPG

Professor Robin Wilson is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Geometry, a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Open University, and a Stipendiary Lecturer at Pembroke College, Oxford. Professor Wilson also regularly teaches as a guest Professor at Colorado College.

Professor Wilson's academic interests lie in graph theory, particularly in colouring problems, e.g. the four colour problem, and algebraic properties of graphs. He also researches the history of mathematics, particularly British mathematics and mathematics in the 17th century and the period 1860 to 1940 and the history of graph theory and combinatorics.

Outside of the strict mathematical canon, Professor Wilson is particularly interested in the musical output of Gilbert and Sullivan - an interest that has given rise to publications and two Gresham College lectures: 'The Other Side of Sullivan' and 'A Sing-In with Gilbert and Sullivan'.

Prior to his appointment as Gresham Professor of Geometry in 2004, he was the Visiting Professor in the History of Mathematics. Upon his appointment to the Geometry chair, Professor Wilson said: "Mathematics is, and has always been a central part of human culture, and I do not believe that one can fully understand the subject if it is separated from its historical roots. My proposed lectures are designed to support this conviction."

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

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

Sir Thomas Gresham and the Tudor Court

Dr Alexandra Gajda
Thursday, 14 November 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

A History of the Eye

Professor Joanna Bourke
Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

George Eliot and Relationships

Professor Rosemary Ashton OBE
Monday, 25 November 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Physics: Its Birth in Greek Ionia

Professor Edith Hall
Thursday, 28 November 2019 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Gardens of Empire: The Role of Kew and Colonial Botanic Gardens

Jim Endersby
Monday, 2 December 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Business of Santa Claus in Lapland

Dr Teea Palo
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Maths and Voting

Professor Chris Budd OBE
Tuesday, 12 November 2019 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Charles I: The Court at War

Professor Simon Thurley CBE
Wednesday, 6 November 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Dams, Radiators and The Shard: The Legacy of English Gardening

Professor Sir Roderick Floud FBA
Tuesday, 5 November 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

A History of Hair

Professor Joanna Bourke
Thursday, 31 October 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Slavery and the City of London

Professor Richard Drayton
Monday, 28 October 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Freedom Song: The Fisk Jubilee Singers' Story

Harvey Brough
Thursday, 24 October 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

The World of Isaac Newton

Professor Raymond Flood
Monday, 20 April 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Euler's Equation: 'The Most Beautiful Theorem in Mathematics'

Professor Robin Wilson
Thursday, 15 February 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series
Part of a conference

Pi and e and the the most beautiful theorem in mathematics

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

The Mathematics that Counts

Professor Robin Wilson
Thursday, 10 October 2013 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

The Great Mathematicians

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a conference

Part One: An Introduction to Early Mathematics

Professor Robin Wilson
Friday, 6 May 2011 - 10:00AM
WATCHED

Why Do You Use The Word Victim Rather Than Survivor?

Professor Joanna Bourke
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 - 6:58PM
WATCHED

From 1911-31, To What Extent Do You Think There Was A One-Way Conversation Between Western and Chinese Art and Why?

Professor Craig Clunas
Monday, 20 November 2017 - 1:58PM
WATCHED

An architect points out a possible contradiction...

Professor Simon Thurley CBE
Wednesday, 1 February 2017 - 6:59PM
WATCHED

Most Buildings We Revere Are Designed By Craftsman And Not Architects

Professor Simon Thurley CBE
Wednesday, 1 February 2017 - 6:55PM
WATCHED

Why Is Sir Walter Scott Not In Popular Culture Today?

Dr Juliet Shields
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 - 1:59PM
WATCHED

The English Image of Scotland Prior to Sir Walter Scott's Writing

Dr Juliet Shields
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 - 1:58PM