Departmental Colloquia

Autumn 2016

All seminars (unless otherwise stated) will take place on Tuesdays at 3.00pm in Room Physics A1/3 (Physics Building, Gower Street). See the map for further details. There will be tea afterwards in Mathematics Room 502 (25 Gordon Street). If you require any more information on the  Departmental Colloquia please contact Prof Dima Vassiliev e-mail: d.vassiliev AT or tel: 020-7679-2442.

25 October 2016

Prof June Barrow-Green (The Open University)

“Knowledge gained by experience”: Olaus Henrici – engineer, geometer, and maker of mathematical models

The (Danish-born) German mathematician Olaus Henrici (1840–1918) studied in Karlsruhe, Heidelberg and Berlin before making his career in London, first at University College and then, from 1884, at the newly formed Central Technical College where he established a Laboratory of Mechanics.  Although Henrici’s original training was as an engineer, he became known as a promoter of projective geometry and as an advocate for the use of mathematical models.