The million-dollar shuffle: symmetry and complexity - Colva Roney-Dougal

Speaker
Colva Roney-Dougal
Event date
Event time
17:00 - 18:00
Venue
Mathematical Institute
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road
Oxford
OX2 6GG
Venue details

Lecture Theatre 1

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

In 1936, Alan Turing proved the startling result that not all mathematical problems can be solved algorithmically. For those which can be, we still do not always know when there's a clever technique which could give us the answer quickly. In particular, the famous "P = NP" question asks whether, for problems where the correct solution has a proof which can easily be checked, in fact there's a quick way to find the answer.

Many difficult problems become easier if they have symmetries: finding the shortest route to deliver many parcels would be easy if all the houses were neatly arranged in a circle. This lecture will explore the interactions between symmetry and complexity.

Colva Roney-Dougal is Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of St Andrews and Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Computational Algebra.

Please email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.

The lecture will be available on our Oxford Mathematics YouTube Channel on 12 October at 5 pm.

The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.