Summer School 2015: The artistry of algorithms

10.00am to 4.00pm, Wednesday 19 August

Demonstration Room

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

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  • Women on computers
  • Type

    Summer School workshop for 16 - 18 year-olds
  • Speakers

    • Gustavo Lau


Standard £50

Faraday members £45

Event description

Self–reference is an important and beautiful concept that appears in art and mathematics. Gustavo Lau will demonstrate its use in computer science where it is known as recursion. Students will see how many algorithms are naturally expressed using recursion. The connection between some mathematical problem solving techniques and recursive algorithms will be demonstrated. This hands on workshop includes an easy introduction to computer programming using turtle graphics, specifically the turtle library of the Python programming language.

About the speaker

Gustavo Lau represented Venezuela in the International Mathematical Olympiad in 1981. He has degrees in both Mathematics and Computer Science from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Venezuela, where he was a Computer Science professor for several years, teaching compiler construction and database courses among others. He has applied his knowledge of Computer Science while working in finance in London for the last 20 years and is currently a partner of Episteme Capital Partners (UK), LLP, a hedge fund manager.

Please note

This workshop is strictly for 16–18 year–olds with little or no experience of computer programming and will include a 45 minute unsupervised lunch break. Students should bring lunch and a drink, as well as pens, pencils and a USB stick if they wish to take their work home.

This workshop is based on an Ri Computer Science Masterclass. Students who have attended a Masterclass series which included a session on a similar topic may have already seen some of the content in this workshop. Please contact us on with any questions.

Refunds can only be issued for tickets cancelled at least one week (seven calendar days) in advance of the event date. Please note that this supersedes our normal event terms and conditions.

Financial assistance

The Potential Trust may be able to offer financial assistance to enable children to participate in Ri events and activities if this would otherwise be difficult. Please contact Anna Comino–James on 01844 351666 or email her at

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