The Michael Erceg Public Lecture | Discrete or continuous? Event as iCalendar

28 November 2017

6pm

Venue: Lecture theatre PLT1

Location: Ground Floor, Building 303, 38 Princes Street

Host: Department of Mathematics

Cost: Free

Contact info: Refreshments will follow the lecture

Professor Nick Trefethen FRS, University of Oxford, Michael Erceg Senior Visiting Fellow
Professor Nick Trefethen FRS, University of Oxford, Michael Erceg Senior Visiting Fellow

 

Perhaps the biggest distinction in all of mathematics is the difference between discrete and continuous.

But not just mathematics! In physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, and engineering too, the same distinction is fundamental.

The air in this room, for example — is it a swarm of discrete molecules bouncing around, or a smooth continuum?

To deny either of these points of view would be to exclude part of the truth.

Professor Nick Trefethen FRS, the Michael Erceg Senior Visiting Fellow from University of Oxford, will lead this talk, taking us on a tour of our mathematical and scientific world, past and present, through this lens of discrete or continuous.

Nick Trefethen is Professor of Numerical Analysis and head of the Numerical Analysis Group at Oxford University. He served as President of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathmatics during 2011-2012, is Fellow of Balliol College and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University.

The Michael Erceg Senior Visiting Fellowship is made possible by generous support from the Margaret and John Kalman Charitable Trust.

 

Perhaps the biggest distinction in all of mathematics is the difference between discrete and continuous.

But not just mathematics! In physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, and engineering too, the same distinction is fundamental.

The air in this room, for example — is it a swarm of discrete molecules bouncing around, or a smooth continuum?

To deny either of these points of view would be to exclude part of the truth.

Professor Nick Trefethen FRS, the Michael Erceg Senior Visiting Fellow from University of Oxford, will lead this talk, taking us on a tour of our mathematical and scientific world, past and present, through this lens of discrete or continuous.

Nick Trefethen is Professor of Numerical Analysis and head of the Numerical Analysis Group at Oxford University. He served as
President of the Society of Industrial and Applied M during 2011-2012 and among many honors is
particularly proud of having been the first customer to buy a
copy of Matlab.Professor of Numerical Analysis, University of Oxford 
Global Distinguished Professor, New York University 
Fellow of Balliol College 
Head of Oxford's Numerical Analysis Group

The Michael Erceg Senior Visiting Fellowship is made possible by generous support from the Margaret and John Kalman Charitable Trust

 

Perhaps the biggest distinction in all of mathematics is the difference between discrete and continuous.

But not just mathematics! In physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, and engineering too, the same distinction is fundamental.

The air in this room, for example — is it a swarm of discrete molecules bouncing around, or a smooth continuum?

To deny either of these points of view would be to exclude part of the truth.

Professor Nick Trefethen FRS, the Michael Erceg Senior Visiting Fellow from University of Oxford, will lead this talk, taking us on a tour of our mathematical and scientific world, past and present, through this lens of discrete or continuous.

Nick Trefethen is Professor of Numerical Analysis and head of the Numerical Analysis Group at Oxford University. He served as
President of the Society of Industrial and Applied M during 2011-2012 and among many honors is
particularly proud of having been the first customer to buy a
copy of Matlab.Professor of Numerical Analysis, University of Oxford 
Global Distinguished Professor, New York University 
Fellow of Balliol College 
Head of Oxford's Numerical Analysis Group

The Michael Erceg Senior Visiting Fellowship is made possible by generous support from the Margaret and John Kalman Charitable Trust

 

Perhaps the biggest distinction in all of mathematics is the difference between discrete and continuous.

But not just mathematics! In physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, and engineering too, the same distinction is fundamental.

The air in this room, for example — is it a swarm of discrete molecules bouncing around, or a smooth continuum?

To deny either of these points of view would be to exclude part of the truth.

Professor Nick Trefethen FRS, the Michael Erceg Senior Visiting Fellow from University of Oxford, will lead this talk, taking us on a tour of our mathematical and scientific world, past and present, through this lens of discrete or continuous.

Nick Trefethen is Professor of Numerical Analysis and head of the Numerical Analysis Group at Oxford University. He served as
President of the Society of Industrial and Applied M during 2011-2012 and among many honors is
particularly proud of having been the first customer to buy a
copy of Matlab.Professor of Numerical Analysis, University of Oxford 
Global Distinguished Professor, New York University 
Fellow of Balliol College 
Head of Oxford's Numerical Analysis Group

The Michael Erceg Senior Visiting Fellowship is made possible by generous support from the Margaret and John Kalman Charitable Trust