General Information
The Pure Postgraduate Seminar is held, during term time, on Thursdays at 4pm. Attendees meet at 3:30pm in the common room for tea and biscuits. Pub trip follows at 5pm. See the notice board on Level 9, every Thursday, for more information and last minute changes.Next Seminar
Get excited for another fun round of pure postgrad seminars next semester!
Schedule  Spring Semester 2007
Venue: Roger Stevens LT051 February  School of Mathematics Colloquium  Prof. Brian Davies (King's College), "Beyond Mathematical Platonism"  
8 February  Elliott Spoors  "Löb's Theorem  or how to prove the existence of the flying spaghetti monster"  
15 February Sam's birthday

Sam Elliott  "Banach, Hyperplanes and InfiniteDimensional Symmetry" (Slides)  
22 February  Graham Leigh  "Truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth"  
1 March  Graham Murphy  "Groups: a characterbuilding lecture "  
8 March  School of Mathematics Colloquium  Prof. Martin Barlow FRS (University of British Columbia), "Nash, the heat equation, and percolation"  
15 March  Pure Mathematics Colloquium  Prof. Judy Grabiner (Pitzer College), "Why Lagrange "proved" the parallel postulate"  
 Easter break   
19 April  Pietro dello Stritto  (Abstract)  
26 April  Pure Mathematics Colloquium  Prof. Alexander Veselov (Loughborough), "Spectra of Solmanifolds, or can one hear an indefinite binary quadratic form?"  
3 May  Pure Mathematics Colloquium  Dr. Reg Allenby (Leeds), "So, what was it all about?" 
Schedule  Autumn/Winter Semester 2006
5 October  School of Mathematics Colloquium:  Prof. Robert MacKay FRS (University of Warwick), "12 Mathematics Lessons from the Triple Linkage"  
12 October  Anthony Morphett  "Some Ideas About Randomness" (Slides)  
19 October  Paul Lawson  "An Introduction to Ramsey Theory"  
26 October  Paul Ramsden  "The $25,000,000,000 Eigenvector"  
2 November  School of Mathematics Colloquium:  Prof. Kjeld Laursen (University of Copenhagen), "Can our classroom mathematics be more like our research mathematics?"  
9 November  Gareth Boxall  "A Gentle Introduction to Category Theory"  
16 November  David Pauksztello  "The Nutritiously Ubiquitous Dynkin Diagram"  
23 November 5pm 
Nick Camus  "The Covariant Formulation of Physics"  
30 November  Marcel Wiedemann  "The Classification of Semisimple Lie Algebras"  
7 December 3pm 
Mohamed Bugatma  "Invariant means and infinite matrices" 
Photos
Some photos from this year's seminars are in the gallery herePrevious semesters
2005/2006 academic yearPrevious years
Leeds/Manchester Combined Seminar
Once a year we hope to have a joint seminar with Manchester pure maths postgrads. This will take the form of an afternoon of short talks by Leeds and Manchester students, followed by dinner & quality time at the pub.
Last semester's seminar was at Manchester.
Further Information
The Pure Postgraduate Seminar is a forum for Pure PhD students to present short (roughly 1 hour, but it may be shorter) seminar style lectures to their colleagues. The topic is an area of mathematics, but it certainly doesn't have to be the speakers research topic (indeed, it is often best not to talk on your research). Generally people talk about interesting pieces of maths on which they have been lectured as undergraduates, or read about independently; however, anything of a mathematical theme is fair game.
Pure PhD students are encouraged to talk: it is excellent practise for presenting maths as the topic is generally less technical than your research, and the audience a lot more forgiving! However, talking is not mandatory. Attendance is a lot more mandatory than in previous years in the sense that it now counts as "training" and is attended by a member of staff (Dr. David Salinger) from whom feedback will be received. (The alternative to weekly attendance is a lot more of the "fun" and "exciting" professional development courses we all know about.) You will probably learn a lot about other areas of mathematics, and having a break from research is generally an excellent idea. Finally, we usually decamp to a pub at 6pm (the most important part of the seminar, in my opinion!)
For the academic year 20062007, the seminar is organised by Bahareh Afshari and Anthony Morphett.