Wednesday 27 March 2019, 17:30 - 18:30
Venue: G15, Muirhead Tower (R21 on campus map - PDF)
Crooked Surfaces and Chewing gum; why mathematicians love to deform and curve
Most of the ancient greek discoveries were forgotten in the middle ages and people believed that the earth was flat and that the sea would spill over at its edges. Since the renaissance, people believe that the earth is spherical so that we can sail the sea all around it. However, mathematics might have a third option about this. In this talk, Professor Marta Mazzocco will explore the mysterious world of non-Euclidean geometry, its non-intuitive consequences and its ubiquitous nature. Professor Mazzocco will also show how 3 times 2 is not the same as 2 times 3 in the world of non commutative algebra.
Professor Marta Mazzocco is a specialist in the area of integrable systems, namely mathematical problems often motivated by Mathematical Physics that present unexpected beauty - a serendipity of geometric/algebraic/analytical structures that make a very complicated problem solvable in some sense. Her research brings geometry, quantum algebra and analysis together to describe and tackle problems which have so far resisted all other methods.
Professor Mazzocco has an outstanding record in attracting external funding. In 2003, she obtained an EPSRC First Grant while still on a temporary job; according to the EPSRC administrators, this is very rare, if not the unique case they know of. In 2006, she was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship for 5 years, then in 2008, 2011, 2017 three further major EPSRC research grants. Professor Mazzocco is a member of the Council of the European Mathematical Society; of the Institute of Mathematics and Applications Research Committee; and of the London Mathematical Society Nominating Committee.
Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be served at the drinks reception following the event. Alcoholic drinks will be only be served to those who are aged 18 or over.
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