Robin Wilson: YEA, WHY TRY HER RAW WET HAT? (Combinatorics and Music)
Title: YEA, WHY TRY HER RAW WET HAT? (Combinatorics and Music)
This talk presents some connections between combinatorics and music. After a historical introduction, the talk include English bell-ringing, symmetries in music, microtonal systems, and the music of the projective plane.
Robin Wilson is an Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University, Emeritus Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London, and a former Fellow of Keble College, Oxford University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. A former President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, he has written and edited over 40 books on the history of mathematics, including Lewis Carroll in Numberland, and also on graph theory, including Introduction to Graph Theory and Four Colours Suffice. Involved with the popularization and communication of mathematics and its history, he has been awarded the Mathematical Association of America’s Lester Ford award and Pólya prize for his ‘outstanding expository writing’, and the Stanton Medal for outreach activities in combinatorics by the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications. He has Erdős Number 1.