Type: Seminar

Distribution: World

Expiry: 24 Oct 2008

Auth: garethw@asti.maths.usyd.edu.au

Hello everyone, It’s been a while since we have had a SUMS talk. However we have not been completely dormant, there was that SUMS Relay which was a great success (especially for the team of high school students who won the event!). This week we have a talk by our Vice President, on Paradoxes and Dodgy Concepts. You may think this will be similar to the very first SUMS talk of the year, but you would be mistaken. This talk will be a little more controversial I think. The abstract: I’ll be talking about a bunch of randomly chosen and comparitively controversial (or at least, commonly misunderstood) concepts in mathematics and science, such as the theory of relativity, the axiom of choice, the un-uncountability of the real numbers, etc. I’m no expert in these areas but I’ll at least do enough research so that I can explain the basics. The focus will then be on what I find interesting about them (or why I disagree with the majority). The intention is more to start up discussions and challenge existing ways of approaching problems than to simply present some facts and anecdotes (although they’ll also be included). So, it’s basically an opportunity for me to whinge about the things I don’t understand and get told off by the much intelligenter audience. Title: Paradoxes and Dodgy Concepts Speaker: Christopher Reid Location: Carslaw 452 Date/Time: Friday October 24, 1-2pm I hope to see you there. Also, I would like to mention that we will be having our Inaugural General Meeting next week, on Wednesday October 29. I will post more details on Friday this week. Gareth