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The Copson Lecture 2017 - Closing the Gap: the quest to understand prime numbers

Description
Prime numbers have intrigued, inspired and infuriated mathematicians for millennia, and yet mathematicians' difficulty with answering simple questions about them reveals their depth and subtlety. Join Vicky Neale to learn about recent progress towards proving the famous Twin Primes Conjecture, and to hear about the very different ways in which these breakthroughs have been made - a solo mathematician working in isolation, a young mathematician displaying creativity at the start of a career, a large collaboration that reveals much about how mathematicians go about their work.
Presenter
Dr Vicky Neale (University of Oxford)
Type
Lecture
Open to
All staff and students, Prospective students, Public
Date
Friday, 22 September 2017
Time
5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
Where
Lecture Theatre, Medical Sciences Building
Contact
Thomas Neukirch
Email
mathshos@st-andrews.ac.uk
More info

Vicky Neale is Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford and Supernumerary Fellow at Balliol College. The Copson Lectures are a series of public lectures organised by the School of Mathematics and Statistics in memory of Edward T Copson, who was Regius Chair of Mathematics at the University of St Andrews from 1950 to 1969.