Symmetry, Spaces and Undecidability | University of Oxford

Symmetry, Spaces and Undecidability

Speaker
Professor Martin Bridson
Event date
Event time
17:00 - 18:00
Venue
Mathematical Institute
Woodstock Road
Oxford
OX2 6GG
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

Martin Bridson became Head of the Mathematical Institute on 01 October 2015. To mark the occasion he will be giving an Inaugural Chairman's Public Lecture.

When one wants to describe the symmetries of any object or system, in mathematics or everyday life, the right language to use is group theory. How might one go about understanding the universe of all groups and what kinds of novel geometry might emerge as we explore this universe?

The understanding of the possible geometries in dimension 3 is one of the triumphs of 20th century mathematics. Martin will explain why such an understanding is impossible in higher dimensions.

To register email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk.