Counting on the fingers of one hand

03 Mar ‘16
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7.00PM - 8.00PM
Speaker: Donald Smith

Venue: Lecture Theatre B4, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling

Our counting system is based on the number 10, but there is no mathematical reason for that: it is purely a fluke of biology. Other cultures over time have used other systems, however. We shall look at some of these and also explore the development of different types of number, from simple counting up to so-called 'imaginary' numbers. Do such things really 'exist'?

This lecture is part of the A Random Walk through Mathematics and Computing Science series of public lectures organised by Computing Science and Mathematics, University of Stirling. 

Further details are available here http://www.maths.stir.ac.uk/lectures/

RSVP: All welcome. No need to book a place in advance.

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