Conference Talks: Mathematics In Times Of Crisis

Conference Talks: Mathematics In Times Of Crisis

Welcome to the Talks page of the Mathematics in Tims of Crisis meeting

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Talk recordings are below. Each is approx 30 mins long. You may want to view them before the live Q&A sessions.

Live Q&A links were emailed to all registered participants on Friday or Saturday. If you have not received the email, please check your spam folder. If you still cannot find it, contact Isobel Falconer (  If you have not used zoom before, or recently, you may need to allow a minute or two before the session starts for recent updates.

Times: are UK time, which is currently British Summer Time, i.e. GMT +1.

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Session 1: Individuals in world events

Richard Simpson (independent): Paolo Ruffini (1765-1822) - a forgotten talent


Norman Biggs (LSE): Don't panic - send for a mathematician: memories of Bill Tutte


Tony Gardiner: Alison who?


10.00-11.00. Live Q&A discussion with Richard, Norman and Tony. Chair Isobel Falconer


Session 2: Mathematical Crises

Henrik Kragh Sørensen (Copenhagen) & Anton Suhr (Copenhagen): Bridging practices in analysis during a time of crisis: Abel’s representations of elliptic functions


David Robertson (Independent): Gödel's incompleteness theorem, and the reaction to it


Michael Friedman (Humboldt, Berlin): Metaphorical reactions to the "crisis of intuition"


13.00-14.00 Live Q&A discussion with Henrik, Anton, David and Michael. Chair Troy Astarte


Session 3: Responses of the mathematical community

Stefano Gulizia (Polish Institute of Advanced Studies): "Truth" and "testimony" in the 17th century: a Keplerian-artisanal response


Brigitte Stenhouse (Open University): Conjuring the "spirit of Laplace": translation as an answer to mathematical crisis


Michael Barany (Edinburgh): How to reschedule an International Mathematics Conference postponed due to world events, 1939-1950


Peggy Kidwell (Smithsonian): Mathematical instruments in times of crisis

Note: you may want to turn closed captions on (by clicking the small rectangle to the left of the cogwheel if you hover near the bottom right of the video window), or alternatively use the transcript with this presentation. PDF icon kidwell_-_instruments_from_times_of_crisis_transcript.pdf


16.30-18.00: Live Q&A discussion with Stafano, Brigitte, Michael and Peggy + reflections on the day. Chair Mark McCartney

18.00: Meeting close