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Friday, 25 April 2008, 3:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Part Three - 'Mathematics and Foreign Exchange' and 'When Computing Met Finance'

Professor Robin Wilson, Professor Norman Biggs, Dr Dietmar Maringer

This is the third part of a study day. It includes the following talks:

Introduction by Robin Wilson, Gresham Professor of Geometry

Mathematics of Currency and Foreign Exchange by Professor Norman Biggs

When Computing Met Finance by Dr Dietmar Maringer

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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.

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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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Professor Dietmar Maringer is Professor of Computational Management Science, University of Basel.

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25 April 2008

Part Three - 'Mathematics and Foreign Exchange' and 'When Computing Met Finance'
Professor Robin Wilson
Professor Norman Biggs
Dr Dietmar Maringer

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