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Here's Looking at Euclid

In this public talk Professor Wilson surveys the mathematical accomplishments of ancient Greece, from the Pythagoreans and Plato’s Academy to Euclid and Archimedes and their successor booking:
  • Dublin
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Adult Groups
  • General Public
When Oct 13, 2015
from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Where Marsh's Library Dublin
Contact Name Oisín Marsh
Contact Phone 01 4543511
Attendees General Public
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Here’s looking at Euclid

Little is known about the man who wrote the most influential maths book of all time, but Euclid's Elements was the main geometry textbook for over two thousand years. In this talk Professor Wilson surveys the mathematical accomplishments of ancient Greece, from the Pythagoreans and Plato’s Academy to Euclid and Archimedes and their successors.


Marsh’s Library is located on St Patrick’s Close,  just beside St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.



Professor Robin Wilson

Professor Robin Wilson is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Geometry, a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Open University, and a Stipendiary Lecturer at Pembroke College, Oxford. Professor Wilson also regularly teaches as a guest Professor at Colorado College.

Professor Wilson's academic interests lie in graph theory, particularly in colouring problems, e.g. the four colour problem, and algebraic properties of graphs. He also researches the history of mathematics, particularly British mathematics and mathematics in the 17th century and the period 1860 to 1940 and the history of graph theory and combinatorics.

Outside of the strict mathematical canon, Professor Wilson is particularly interested in the musical output of Gilbert and Sullivan - an interest that has given rise to publications and two Gresham College lectures: 'The Other Side of Sullivan' and 'A Sing-In with Gilbert and Sullivan'.

Prior to his appointment as Gresham Professor of Geometry in 2004, he was the Visiting Professor in the History of Mathematics. Upon his appointment to the Geometry chair, Professor Wilson said: "Mathematics is, and has always been a central part of human culture, and I do not believe that one can fully understand the subject if it is separated from its historical roots. My proposed lectures are designed to support this conviction."

All of Professor Wilson's past lectures at Gresham College can be accessed at

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