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The Maths Study Group is an initiative of the
former department of Maths, Stats and Foundation Studies, aimed at providing a
forum for mathematicallyminded people, within the Faculty and elsewhere, to meet
and share ideas.
Each week somebody gives an expository talk
with the aim of increasing everybody's mathematical general knowledge.
Talks currently take place at approx. 1630 and are preceded by tea. Location details are emailed nearer the time: let Carrie Rutherford know if you would like to be added to the mailing list.
MSG meetings are taking place by videoconference until further notice. Contact Carrie to get access details.
NEXT MEETING: Thursday 21st October, Nigel Heys, Tycho Brahe's Astrolabe
Forthcoming talks/events
 Friday 29th October, Mohamed Mehbali (LSBU), "Heuristics for 3IAP"
 Thursday 4th November, Carrie Rutherford (LSBU), "Pentagonal geometries, an alternative viewpoint"
 Thursday 11th November, True Biquadratic Amplification
 Thursday 18th November, Tutorial: Basic Algebra
 Thursday 25th November, TriplyBonded Anabelians
 Thursday 2nd December, Thomas Bradwardine, Acceleration
 Thursday 9th December, Trialling Bayesian Allocentricity
 Thursday 16th December, to be announced
 Thursday 13th January, 2021, Jon Selig (LSBU), "Differential forms"
Previous talks/events (talks from previous years archived here)
 Friday 15th October, Robin Whitty, "The bootlace algorithm"
 Thursday 7th October, Tony Forbes (LSBU), "Pentagonal geometries"
Archive

Some speaker notes (generally pdf <0.5MB unless stated, open in new window) 
Peter Cameron (St Andrews and Queen Mary): Hadamard matrices

Graham Farr (Monash): Minors for alternating dimaps, Transforms, minors and generalised Tutte polynomials

Tony Forbes: Ovals, Small regular graphs of girth 5, Bernoulli Polynomials (updated 4.11.15), Poncelet's Porism and Elliptic Curves (1.3MB),
The Towers of Hanoi, Regular Polytopes, Decision problems for linear recurrence sequences (updated 27.10.15), The Bruck–Ryser Theorem, Wilson's Theorem in design theory, Primality without recourse to arithmetic, The Hardy–Littlewood Circle Method, Congruence properties of the partition function (0.6MB), Integer Factorization, Elliptic curves, factorization and primality testing, Applications of Weil's Theorem on Character Sums 
Graham Lovegrove (Open): The probabilistic method (1.5MB) 
Gary Michalek, (La Salle): Writing Numbers in Base N (Number Systems and Just Touching Covering Systems) 
Michael Olorunsaiye, (Covenant University, Nigeria): Generalities about partial C*algebras

Nigel Phillips (LSBU): Algorithmic Probability, Computability and Probabilistic Machines, On playing several games at once 
Francesca Merola (Roma Tre University): On Hamiltonian cycle systems with a nice automorphism group

Jon Selig (LSBU): The Petersen–Morley Theorem, The catalecticant, Gröbner Bases Part I: Varieties and Ideals, Gröbner Bases Part II: Monomial Orders and the Division Algorithm, Gröbner Bases Part III: Gröbner bases and monomial ideals, Gröbner Bases IV: Buchberger's Algorithm, Clifford algebras and computational algebra, Molien's theorem in invariant theory, Representations of GL(n), Hopf algebras, Chicks, eggs and advertising 
Leonard Soicher (QMUL):
A new upper bound on the clique number of a strongly regular graph 
Robin Whitty: Bisecting a triangle in a given direction, Finding a continued fraction for Tau, Graceful trees and graphs

Taoyang Wu (East Anglia): Expanders: Background, Expanders: Zigzag product, Applications of Sperner's Lemma, Graph Homomorphisms: a language 

Comments or queries about the Maths Study Group
or this page: Carrie Rutherford