General InformationThe 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.
Get excited for another fun round of pure postgrad seminars next semester!
Schedule - Spring Semester 2007Venue: Roger Stevens LT05
|1 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"|
|Sam Elliott||"Banach, Hyperplanes and Infinite-Dimensional Symmetry" (Slides)|
|22 February||Graham Leigh||"Truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth"|
|1 March||Graham Murphy||"Groups: a character-building 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 Sol-manifolds, 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"|
|Nick Camus||"The Covariant Formulation of Physics"|
|30 November||Marcel Wiedemann||"The Classification of Semisimple Lie Algebras"|
|Mohamed Bugatma||"Invariant means and infinite matrices"|
PhotosSome photos from this year's seminars are in the gallery here
Previous semesters2005/2006 academic year
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.
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!)