New Mathematics Department Inaugural Day and Lecture

Friday, May 26th 2006

The guest speaker at the inauguration of the newly formed Mathematics Department was 1998 Fields Medalist Professor Tim Gowers FRS (Cambridge). Professor Gowers spoke on the "Challenges of communicating Advanced Mathematics". The one day event was organised to celebrate the merger of the Applied and Pure Maths Departments, along with the Centre for Mathematics Education, into a single new Department of Mathematics. The reorganisation has no impact on the way courses and qualifications are offered, but it allows the staff to function as a single group when developing courses and in developing their research. Professor Gowers was awarded a Fields Medal in 1998 for his work on Banach Space Theory and Combinatorics. A Fields Medal for Mathematics is widely regarded as the equivalent of a Nobel Prize as there isn't one for Mathematics. Professor Gowers is currently collaborating with OU Maths Historian, Dr June Barrow-Green on the "Princeton companion to Mathematics", of which he is the editor and Dr Barrow-Green the assistant editor. Click to see Pictures taken at the event

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