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Press Release - 03 March 2008

Free public lecture examines relationship between formula and shape

Local people will be able to find out more about the relationship between mathematical formulae and geometric figures at a free public lecture at the University of Bath on Wednesday 5 March 2008 at 6.15pm (lecture theatre 2 East, 3.1).

The inaugural lecture given by Professor Nicolai Vorobjov from the University’s Department of Computer Science, will look at the connections between algebra and topology, the branch of mathematics that is an extension of geometry.

“The principal idea, connecting algebra and topology, is that a geometric object described by ‘simple’ formula should have a ‘simple’ shape,” said Professor Vorobjov.

“We will look at various ways of measuring the complexity of a formula and the complexity of a figure, examining how the two relate to each other."

Professor Vorobjov holds a diploma and PhD in Mathematics from Leningrad State University and has previously held posts of research fellow at LSU and senior research fellow at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Admission is free, but tickets need to be reserved from Sheila Willmott, details above. Free parking is available in the West Car Park. The presentation will take place in lecture theatre 2 East 3.1 on the Claverton campus, University of Bath.

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