"Mathematics 1001" and other projects of Richard Elwes


Richard Elwes,who enjoys talking about maths "whether on the radio or in the pub," talks about his work on popularizing mathematics. In this webinar, he focusses on "Some Families of Polyhedra".

Full recording: voice, text chat, application sharing


The powerpoint used in the webinar is available here, and a related blogpost by Richard about polyhedra is here.


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About Mathematics 1001


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"Dr Elwes’ enthusiasm for his subject is astounding… The examples are easy to follow, and this really is the only maths book you should ever need to buy unless you’re going into higher mathematics at uni. Fantastic."
- booksmonthly.co.uk
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Richard Elwes is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Leeds, UK. After completing his PhD in 2005, he moved to Germany to undertake postdoctoral research in algebra and mathematical logic. Since then his main focus has been on promoting mathematics, both in person and in print.

Richard was the winner of the Plus New Writers Award in 2006 and has published feature articles for the New Scientist, as well as writing for the Daily Telegraph, and BBC Focus magazine. He always enjoys talking about maths in all situations, whether on the radio or in the pub. Also a qualified teacher, he has run workshops and masterclasses on topics including knot theory, infinity, prime numbers, waves, and tessellations, at schools around Yorkshire, and as part of Leeds Festival of Science. He is the author of two books:
  • Maths 1001 (Quercus, UK) [a.k.a. Mathematics 1001, Firefly] is intended to tell us "absolutely everything that matters in mathematics", and is something of a hybrid between a popular maths book and a friendly encyclopaedia.
  • How to build a brain and 34 other really interesting uses of mathematics (Quercus, UK) [a.k.a. Mathematics Without The Boring Bits, Sterling] a shorter and more light-hearted look at some of the biggest questions in mathematics, from the colossal computer-generated proof of the Four Colour Theorem to Zeno's paradoxes of motion.

Some of Richard's articles and essays:
An Enormous Theorem: the classification of finite simple groups (Plus, December 2006)
Cantor and Cohen: Infinite Investigators, Part 1: the axiom of choice (Plus, June 2008)
Cantor and Cohen: Infinite Investigators, Part 2: the continuum hypothesis (Plus, June 2008)
Exotic spheres, or why 4-dimensional space is a crazy place (Plus, January 2010)
Large cardinals: maths shaken by the ‘unprovable’, (Daily Telegraph, November 2010)
Durer, Rhinos, and Snowflakes (Richard's blog, Simple City, 2009)