University of Leeds

Pure Mathematics Postgraduate Seminar 2007-2008

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.

The Pure Postgraduate Seminar has now finished for 2007/2008. We will start again in Autumn 2008.

Schedule - Spring Semester 2008

Venue: MALL 1, level 8, School of Mathematics, 4PM (unless otherwise stated).
3 PM
24th January
Pietro Dello Stritto "Finite dimensional asymptotic classes"
31st January Manuel De La Rosa "The Triangle"
7th February Paul Lawson Fractal Geometry
14th February Phil Ellison An Introduction to Goedel's Theorems
21th February Pure Mathematics Colloqium
28th March Simon Rose
A Word on Amalgamations
6th March Davide Penazzi Some cardinal arithmetic
13th March Lotte Kestner Elliptic curves
17th April Pure Mathematics Colloqium
24th April Ragab Elageili Heyting Algebra
1st May Mohammed Bugatma An Introduction to Clifford Algebras

Schedule - Autumn/Winter Semester 2007

25 October Gareth Boxall " Model Theory"
1st November Sam Elliot "Pretty Pictures in the Complex Plane"
8th November Graham Leigh "Mathematics for Pedants"
15th November Elias Baro "Happiness is Semi-Algebraic"
29th November David Pauksztello "A Biography of Jean-Pierre Serre"
6th December Pure Mathematics Colloqium
13th December Paul Ramsden "Random Sums"


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

Previous semesters

2006/2007 academic year
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 2007-2008, the seminar is organised by Samuel Elliot and Graham Leigh