The Greek Legacy: How did Greek mathematicians and philosophers shape modern mathematics?

9.45am to 3.15pm, Friday 7 March

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Credit: Royal Institution
  • Type

    Sixth form conference
  • Speakers

    • Sofya Lyakhova
    • Professor Alan Davies
    • Elizabeth Dodd
    • Stuart Rowlands
  • Chair

    Garrod Musto



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Event description

This conference for sixth formers is a day of interaction and discovery, from the astrolabe to the steam engine and from "Eureka" to "How did they do that?". We shall have talks on Euclid and Hypatia, we'll watch demonstrations of experiments first shown by Greek mathematicians, physicists and engineers and we'll discuss how the Greek Philosophers changed our understanding of proof. There will also be a music & drama presentation by students from Imperial College and a competition over lunch.

The Greek Legacy events are generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.


Is the sum of the angles in a triangle really 180 degrees? Euclidean vs. Spherical Geometry - Sofya Lyakhova,Further Mathematics Support Programme Wales, Swansea

Greek demonstrations of science and engineering - Professor Alan Davies, University of Hertfordshire with Andrew Marmery, The Royal Institution

Greeks: The Musical - Imperial College Undergraduates

Hypatia & the astrolabe - Elizabeth Dodd, University of Hertfordshire

Maths & philosophy - Stuart Rowlands, University of Plymouth

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Bookings are now closed for this event

Places are free but booking is essential. Students are responsible for asking permission to attend from their school/college. As this event takes place during school time, we will need to notify the school/college of students who do not attend. If you are no longer able to use your ticket, please let us know as soon as possible.

Attendees will need to bring a pen, pencil, paper, calculator, lunch and a drink.

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