Human imagination is fundamental to all art and thought, and mathematics is no exception. From Plato onwards it has been recognised that mathematics, while having important applications in the physical world, is based on an ideal world with perfect circles and perfect straight lines. This Platonic world exists outside space and time, it exists only in the human imagination. It distinguishes us from computers.
About the Speaker:
Sir Michael is one of the world’s greatest living mathematicians. He has won the Fields Medal (1966), the Copley Medal (1988) an the Abel Prize (2004). He was also President of the Royal Society (1990-1995), Master of Trinity College, Cambridge (1990-1997), Chancellor of the University of Leicester (1995-2005), and President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2005-2008). In the course of the event, Sir Michael will be admitted as an Honorary Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales by the President Sir Emyr Jones Parry.
The Lecture is a contribution to the Swansea University College of Science’s Scientists, Science and Society Seminar and is sponsored by the Learned Society of Wales.