e – a Cinderella in the family of numbers

26 May ‘16
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7.00PM - 8.00PM
Speaker: Professor Adam Kleczkowski

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

Some numbers in Mathematics are so important that mathematicians have given them special names. While those like 0, 1 or π are well known, there are others like i or e that are as important but perhaps have been given less attention. In this talk I will trace the history and some applications of e, the base of natural logarithms, from its invention by Napier and naming by Euler, to Google’s Initial Public Offering. We will encounter fascinating individuals like Johannes Kepler, John Napier, Leonhard Euler and Jacob Bernoulli, and wide-ranging applications from calculus to climbing Munros, and even searching for a wife. While e might not be so widely known, its contribution to Mathematics gives it a right to be called a ‘Mathematical Cinderella’.

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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