University of Leeds

Pure Mathematics Postgraduate Seminar 2006-2007

School of Mathematics, University of Leeds

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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

The seminars have finished for the semester.

Get excited for another fun round of pure postgrad seminars next semester!

Schedule - Spring Semester 2007

Venue: 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"
15 February
Sam's birthday
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"
23 November
Nick Camus "The Covariant Formulation of Physics"
30 November Marcel Wiedemann "The Classification of Semisimple Lie Algebras"
7 December
Mohamed Bugatma "Invariant means and infinite matrices"


Some photos from this year's seminars are in the gallery here

Previous semesters

2005/2006 academic year
Previous 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 2006-2007, the seminar is organised by Bahareh Afshari and Anthony Morphett.