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Pure Maths Colloquium: Pure mathematics as an application of physics

Presented by Tadashi Tokieda, Cambridge

23 February 2015 16:00 in CM221

Traditionally `pure' mathematics is assumed to find `applications'
in sciences and engineering; curriculum committees and funding
agencies believe this. We reverse the approach: we will show, by
many examples, that physics can be applied to discover and establish
theorems in mathematics. The examples range from Pythagoras or
Cauchy-Schwarz to Pick or Gauss-Bonnet. The material of the talk
should be accessible to any undergraduates but be new to most
research mathematicians.

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