School Seminars and Colloquia

IRRATIONAL THOUGHTS

MUMS Seminar

by Dr Marty Ross


Institution: University of Melbourne
Date: Fri 18th March 2005
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Russell Love Theatre, Richard Berry Building

Abstract: Gottfried Leibniz described irrational numbers as "Monsters of the ideal world, almost amphibians between being and non-being."

Marty, in his talk, will consider some of the more famous of these monsters, giving some well-known, and some less well-known proofs of their irrationality. Such proofs are beautiful in themselves, and they provide insight into the nature of these strange, amphibious creatures.

For More Information: Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society (MUMS) email: mums@ms.unimelb.edu.au