Royal Holloway University Of London

Annual Coulter McDowell Lecture


Symmetry, Chance and Determinism

Dr Colva M. Roney-Dougal, University of St Andrews

"We'll start by considering the nature of randomness, and see that it is not the case that unpredictable events are necessarily random. After that, we'll spend some time thinking about the nature of symmetries, and will play some games with symmetries to try to understand some of their properties. Then we'll take a historical view, and see the development of the mathematical study of symmetry from the time of Galois to the present day. Finally, I'll show how some recent work draws the strands of symmetry, randomness and determinism together."

Monday 7th November 2010 - Windsor Auditorium, 6pm

(a tea reception will be held 5.15-5.45pm, in the Windsor Foyer)