Department of Mathematics
Royal Holloway University Of London

Annual Coulter McDowell Lecture


This year’s lecture will take place on 8 November 2007 at 5.30pm in the Windsor Auditorium. Professor Chris Budd, University of Bath, will talk on “e, i, π and all that”.



This year is the 300th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Euler, one of the most prolific mathematicians ever. Perhaps his most famous formula, and one regularly voted the best formula in the whole of mathematics is

e = -1.

The talk will explain how Euler discovered this formula, the significance of all of its terms, and why it is of crucial importance to modern technology.

Posted 2 October 2007.

Department of Mathematics, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
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