In July, Anitha Thillaisundaram visited the University of Duesseldorf and made significant progress on her joint paper “The normal Hausdorff spectrum of pro-p groups” with Benjamin Klopsch and Amaia Zugadi-Reizabal. Her other joint paper “Maximal subgroups and irreducible representations of generalised multi-edge spinal groups” with Benjamin Klopsch has been accepted by the Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society.

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Dr Stephen P. Glasby from the University of Western Australia’s Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation visited Dr Simon Smith at the University of Lincoln School of Mathematics and Physics this week.

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*What is Chaos?*– A lecture given by Dr Andrea Floris

*Patterns in nature: a mathematical view*– A lecture given by Dr Danilo Roccatano

*Group Theory: algebra of transformations*– A lecture given by Dr Evgeny Khukhro (whose presentation is available for download)

*Pascal’s triangle and the Sierpinski gasket*– A lecture given by Dr Sandro Mattarei followed by a computer implementation presented by Dr Bart Vorselaars*There’s more to light than meets the eye!*– A lecture given by Dr Matt Booth

Before the last lecture the students sat a short test on the contents of the previous lectures, and at the end of the afternoon the best performers received a prize and a certificate for their effort:

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What is Mathematics Education, Really? a public lecture by Professor Alexandre Borovik (University of Manchester) Thursday, 2nd of November 2017, 6:00-7:20 pm Newton Lecture Theatre INB0114 in the Isaac Newton building, University of Lincoln As I argue in my paper, the current crisis in the school level mathematics education…]]>

As I argue in my paper, the current crisis in the school level mathematics education is a sign that it reaches a bifurcation point and is under increasing pressure to split in two streams:

* education for a selected minority of children / young people who, in their adult lives, will be filling increasingly small share of jobs which really require mathematical competence (I call them mathematical makers); and

** basic numeracy and mathematics awareness classes for the rest of population, end users of technology saturated by mathematics invisible to them.

In my talk, I will discuss challenges in mathematics education which will arise from this split. This is a theme which is rarely discussed in…

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The paper by **Sandro Mattarei ****and Roberto Tauraso, ***From generating series to polynomial congruences**, *has been accepted for publication in** Journal of Number Theory.**

(You may find the final version in preprint form at https://arxiv.org/pdf/1703.02322.pdf.)

*Abstract*: Consider an ordinary generating function , of an integer sequence of some combinatorial relevance, and assume that it admits a closed form . Various instances are known where the corresponding truncated sum , with a power of a prime , also admits a closed form representation when viewed modulo . Such a representation for the truncated sum modulo frequently bears a resemblance with the shape of despite being typically proved through independent arguments. One of the simplest examples is the congruence being a finite match for the well-known generating function . We develop a method which allows one to directly infer the closed-form representation of the truncated sum from the closed form of the series for a significant class of series involving central binomial coefficients. In particular, we collect various known such series whose closed-form representation involves polylogarithms , and after supplementing them with some new ones we obtain closed-forms modulo for the corresponding truncated sums, in terms of finite polylogarithms .

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Dr Evgeny Khukhro and The President of the University of Brasilia Professor Márcia Abrahão Moura On 3 July a ceremony was held in University of Brasilia on occasion of bestowing on Evgeny Khukhro the title of Professor Honoris Causa. The ceremony began with the British national anthem, followed…]]>

Dr Evgeny Khukhro and The President of the University of Brasilia Professor Márcia Abrahão Moura

On 3 July a ceremony was held in University of Brasilia on occasion of bestowing on Evgeny Khukhro the title of Professor Honoris Causa.

The ceremony began with the British national anthem, followed by the national anthem of Brazil. Then Dr Emerson de Melo delivered a presentation on behalf of

the Department of Mathematics for the case of Evgeny Khukhro’s title. The President (Reitora) of the University Professor Márcia Abrahão Moura declared the Council’s decision of bestowing on Dr Evgeny Khukhro the title of Professor Honoris Causa, presented Evgeny Khukhro with the correspoding certificate, and adorned him with the academic stole in the colours of University of Brasilia. After that Dr Khukhro gave a short talk. He thanked the Reitora, other dignitaries present, colleagues and guests for the honour of the title, expressed his deep…

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Mathematics students in their second year gave great feedback on their Industrial and Financial Mathematics module. This module is intended to showcase some of the industrial applications of mathematics, with an emphasis in the second half on finance.

A series of guest lectures were given by people from industry who use mathematics in their line of work. Talks were given by people who have worked in:

- Tech (Google)
- Banking (Goldman Sachs and Santander)
- Logistics (SYSTRA)
- Engineering (Siemens)
- Medicine (University Medical Center Groningen)

Students also had to produce a report for a simulated food-tech start-up in which they used big data analytical techniques to help launch a new product line.

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As a result of the latest Module Evaluation by students (MEQ) the School of Mathematics and Physics came first amongst all the school in the University of Lincoln! The competition was tough, as the second school is just 1% behind us! Congratulations!]]>

As a result of the latest Module Evaluation by students (MEQ) the School of Mathematics and Physics came first amongst all the school in the University of Lincoln! The competition was tough, as the second school is just 1% behind us! Congratulations!

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On Tuesday, 9th May 2017, the Lecture Theater of the Isaac Newton Building, was used for the first time for an outreach event, organised by Sandro Mattarei in collaboration with the university’s Marketing Team. Students from the Lincoln College attended a double lecture in Maths and Physics. Marco Pinna’s lecture on the mathematics of bird flocking was followed by a lecture on Platonic solids delivered by Sandro Mattarei.

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