
Leonhard Euler was the most prolific mathematician of all time – but what did he do? In this talk I survey his life in Basel and at the Science Academies of St Petersburg and Berlin, and outline some of the contributions he made to the many areas in which he worked – from the very pure (number theory, the geometry of a circle, and combinatorics), via mechanics and the calculus, to the very applied (astronomy and ballistics). Robin Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University, Emeritus Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, a former Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, and currently Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. He has written and edited many books on graph theory, including 'Introduction to Graph Theory' and 'Four Colours Suffice', and on the history of mathematics, including 'Lewis Carroll in Numberland' and is currently writing a popular biography of Leonhard Euler. He is actively involved with the popularization and communication of mathematics and its history, and was awarded the Mathematical Association of America’s Lester Ford and Pólya prizes for ‘outstanding expository writing’. He is currently President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics. tirsdag
den 11. november, kl. 17

