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Public Lecture

Geometry and symmetries

Professor José Seade

Alan Richards Fellow in Mathematics,

Grey College, Durham University


The Old Library, Grey College

South Road, Durham

TUESDAY, 30 OCTOBER 2012 at 5.30PM

Professor Seade is a leading figure in the mathematics of geometry and topology. After graduating from Oxford (D.Phil., 1980), he took up a research position at the Institute of Mathematics of the National University of Mexico. He has published numerous articles and monographs on geometry and topology. In 2005 and 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer Prize in Mathematics.

In this talk, Professor Seade will give us a personal view of geometry, symmetries, and their importance in our day-to-day lives. He will explain how the study of geometry arose independently in a number of early cultures as a body of practical knowledge concerning lengths, areas, and volumes, as well as art, cosmology and architecture. He will show how it continues to change and influence other sciences and areas of knowledge. 

The talk is aimed at everyone, especially those who are not mathematicians but would like to learn something about the beauty of mathematics and its deep relationships with other areas of knowledge. 

Access to the Old Library is through the Reception at Grey College, South Road, Durham DH1 3LG.