October 2012’s Alchemist Cafe

Mathsweek 2012: Alan Turing & Maths Jam

Now in its 7th year Maths Week is going from strength to strength. The cafe has hosted events during the event since 2007 (almost from the start) and 2012 is no different. This year we will have Dr Colin Wright and the wonderful guys and gals from MathsJam on the night so you can scratch your maths itch.

Alan Turing is known to some for his work during the war on breaking the Enigma cipher and helping to read enemy messages. In this talk Colin will look at the work involved, the challenges, some of the history, and some of his other, often neglected contributions.

Alan Turing sculpture at Bletchley Park by Chris Brown

Colin Wright graduated in 1982 from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Pure Mathematics, and went on to receive his doctorate in 1990 from Cambridge University, England. While at Cambridge he also learned how to fire-breathe, unicycle, juggle and ballroom dance. Since then he has worked as a research mathematician, a computer programmer, and an electronics hardware designer, taking time to give presentations all over the world on “Juggling – Theory and Practice” and other topics on mathematics and science. Colin also enjoys sailing small boats and playing bridge, although not (so far) at the same time.

Before and after Colin you can talk to MathsJam. MathsJam is a chance for anyone to join the fun and get together in a relaxed social atmosphere. It is for people of all ages, backgrounds, education and ability, all that’s required is an interest in and enthusiasm for maths. The Dublin branch is one of over 25 cities that host these events and they all link up on Twitter to share puzzles. They have their meetings from 7pm on the second last Tuesday of every month. To sign up for information, just send an email to dublin@mathsjam.com to receive updates.

Date: Tuesday 16th October 2012
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 7:30pm (sharp)
Admission: Free – All Welcome!

Complimentary finger food will be provided.
This event is part of Maths Week in association with CPL and Discover Science & Engineering

The making of the videos was supported by Dublin City of Science 2012


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