Our Mathematical Journey: A Historical Overview from Euclid to Today

Overview

This day school will guide you through a journey exploring how humankind’s approach to Mathematics has evolved over the millennia, from counting days on baboon bones and tracing the course of the stars, to reflecting on the very nature of reasoning and creating artificial intelligence.

Starting from Euclid, we will explore the work and the lives of those who made major contributions to the discipline since Antiquity, recognising their brave sacrifices and acknowledging how the practice of Mathematics can be a choral experience that can span generations. From problems that took centuries to be solved to mathematicians who had to undertake their pursuit of knowledge in disguise, we will discover the rich and dramatic past and how much the future still holds for this discipline and universal human experience.

No advanced prior knowledge of Mathematics is required.

Programme details

9.45am
Registration (in-person attendees only)

10.00am
Euclid or not? The evolution of Geometry 

11.15am
Tea/coffee

11.45am
Proofs and refutations over the centuries

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
The time we needed more numbers

3.15pm
Tea/coffee

3.45pm
Finite vs. Infinite

5.00pm
Course disperses 

Fees

Description Costs
Tuition - in-person attendance (includes tea/coffee) £85.00
Tuition - virtual attendance £75.00
Baguette £6.10
Hot lunch (3 courses) £16.50

Funding

If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses

Tutor

Dr Niccolò Salvatori

Tutor

Niccolò Salvatori completed a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics at KCL in 2017 on logarithmic structures of Topological Quantum Field Theories and has been teaching for the Department of Mathematics at LSE since 2016.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email res-ctr@conted.ox.ac.uk for details of availability and discounted prices.

IT requirements

For those joining us online

We will be using Zoom for the livestreaming of this course. If you’re attending online, you’ll be able to see and hear the speakers, and to submit questions via the Zoom interface. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.