Simon Smith’s talk at the British Mathematical Colloquium 2018

Charlotte Scott Centre for Algebra

Simon, looking relieved, just after finishing his talk

On Wednesday 13 June 2018, Simon Smith gave his prestigious “morning lecture” at the British Mathematical Colloquium 2018, held this year at the University of St Andrews. The BMC is the largest pure mathematics conference to be held annually in the UK, and it has been held every year since 1949. An archive of historical “Morning Speakers” is maintained by the University of St Andrews here: http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/BMC/morning.html.

There were 12 Morning Speakers this year, including Clifford Cocks (one of the inventors of the RSA encryption algorithm), David Conlon (a professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford who was awarded the European Prize in Combinatorics in 2011 for his work on Ramsey Theory), and Jonathan Bennett (a professor of mathematics at the University of Birmingham who was awarded the Whitehead Prize in 2011 for his contributions to harmonic analysis).

Simon talked…

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