Results of the AGM

At the Annual General Meeting held today, the role of Membership Secretary was created. The committee for the next year was also voted in and will be:

President: Sam Tickle

Vice President: Josh Lam

Secretary: Alex Chamolly

Junior Treasurer: Oliver Feng

Constable: Mary Fortune

Membership Secretary: Adam Goucher


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TMS AGM 2014

The Trinity Maths Society AGM will be taking place on Wednesday 12th March, at 7:30pm, in the Blue Boar Common Room (Trinity College). Sean Moss will be acting as returning officer. Please come along and vote!

The list of people running for positions on the Trinity Maths Society committee 2014-2015 is:


Sam Tickle

Vice President:

Josh Lam

Junior Treasurer:

Andrew McClement
Oliver Feng


Alex Chamolly
Daniel Hu
Adam Shannon

Membership Secretary:

Adam Goucher


Mary Fortune

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Dr. Rachel Camina, Conjugacy Classes in Finite Groups

Speaker:Dr. Rachel Camina (DPMMS):
Venue: Winstanley Lecture Theatre
Time: 10/03/2014 20:30, drinks from 20:15

If we know the sizes of conjugacy classes in a finite group what does this tell us about the group? We will discuss this problem.

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Dr. Mike Tehranchi, Fun with Gaussian Measures

Speaker:Dr. Mike Tehranchi (Stats Lab):
Venue: Winstanley Lecture Theatre
Time: 03/03/2014 20:30, drinks from 20:15

The standard normal distribution is probably most famous for its starring role in the central limit theorem. This talk will explore useful and unexpected properties of normal distributions, also known as Gaussian measures, and how they arise in a variety of contexts. A few old open problems will also be discussed.

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TMS Symposium 2014

This years Trinity Mathematical Society Symposium is running from 10:00 to 17:45 on Sunday 23rd February. We have talks by fellows and PhD students, ranging across all areas of mathematical research. The event is free and open to all; no particular specialist knowledge is assumed. There is no need to stay for the whole day – just drop in on talks you find interesting.

The program is:

10:00 – 10:45      Prof. Peter Haynes: Some Mathematical Problems in Climate Science
10:45 – 11:15      Bhargav Narayanan: Bootstrap Percolation and Algebra
11:15 – 11:45      Abhishek Dutta: Stability of Predictive Control without Terminal Conditions
11:45 – 12:15      Rahul Jha: God is a Quantum Field Theorist

12:15 – 13:15      -LUNCH-
13:15 – 14:00     Dr. Julia Goedecke : Doing a PhD: Academic Career Move or Just Putting off the Real World?
14:00 – 14:30     Jo French: Counting your way to Quantum Groups
14:30 – 15:00     James Lloyd: How to Build an Automatic Statistician
15:00 – 15:30     Will Sonnex: Dependent Type Theory

15:30 – 16:00     -BREAK-
16:00 – 16:30     Michael Grayling: Phase II Clinical Trial Designs: Then and Now
16:30 – 17:00     Gunnar Peng: Viscous Peeling of an Elastic Sheet
17:00 – 17:45     Prof. Andrew Wiles: Ideals

20:00 –                Annual Dinner

(Made possible by the kind support of the Heilbronn Fund)

For more details, see

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Dr. Helen Mason, Our Active Sun

Speaker:Dr. Helen Mason (DAMTP):
Venue: Winstanley Lecture Theatre
Time: 17/02/2014 20:30, drinks from 20:15

The Sun should be at the peak of its activity cycle, but actually it has been rather feeble. Several solar space observatories have been watching the Sun over the past few years: SoHO, Stereo, Hinode, SDO and IRIS . We now have high spatial and spectral resolution images of the Sun, with a high cadence. This talk will review what we have learnt about the active Sun, in particular what we know (and don’t yet know!) about solar active regions and flares, and how they might affect the Earth’s environment (via space weather).

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Prof. David Tong, Magnetic Monopoles

Speaker:Prof. David Tong (DAMTP):
Venue: Winstanley Lecture Theatre
Time: 10/02/2014 20:30, drinks from 20:15

A story of geometry and particle physics.

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Prof. Michael Atiyah, Mathematicians I Have Known

Speaker:Prof. Michael Atiyah (University of Edinburgh):
Venue: Winstanley Lecture Theatre
Time: 03/02/2014 20:30, drinks from 20:15

In April 2013 my wife and I opened a picture gallery of 70 mathematicians who had played a key part in our mathematical lives. My lecture will be based on this gallery and I will say a few words about a selection of these mathematicians. It is important to emphasize the human aspect of mathematics.

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Prof. Raymond Goldstein, Synchronization of Cilia

Speaker:Prof. Raymond Goldstein (DAMTP):
Venue: Winstanley Lecture Theatre
Time: 27/01/2014 20:30, drinks from 20:15

From unicellular green algae to the lining of our respiratory systems are found hair-like appendages, known as cilia, whose coordinated beating results in transport of fluid essential for life. For decades there has been speculation about the origins of the synchronization seen in nature, but it is only recently that theory and experiments (mostly carried out here in DAMTP ) have combined to provide quantitative analysis of this problem. This talk will describe the fascinating stochastic nonlinear dynamics underlying the synchronization problem.

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Prof. Béla Bollobás, Ancient Problems Today

Speaker:Prof. Béla Bollobás (DPMMS):
Venue: MR2, Centre for Mathematical Sciences
*Note different time and venue*

Time: 20/01/2014 19:30

Whenever one thinks of problems that have occupied the attention of mathematicians for centuries, number theoretic problems spring to mind: Fermat’s Last Theorem, Goldbach’s Conjecture, and the Twin Primes Conjecture. But, as it happens, there are some problems of geometry which, in various incarnations, have been around for two millennia. In the talk I shall present a number of results about such problems, starting with results obtained in antiquity and the Middle Ages, continuing with theorems of Cauchy and Cayley, and ending with some recent results and unsolved problems. The talk will be accessible to freshmen, but will hold challenges for research students as well.

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