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Week starting Monday 3 May 2021

12pm 5 May

Start time: 12pm 5 May
Location: Sr 1.33, Hanna Neumann Bldg #145 Science Road Canberra ACT 2601 Australian National University   

The MSI Equity and Diversity committee invites you to a viewing party for Dr Eugenia Cheng's virtual lecture on inclusion-exclusion in the mathematical sciences. 

Dr Eugenia Cheng is on a mission to do for mathematics what Neil deGrasse Tyson does for astronomy: Make it approachable. 

In her lecture "Inclusion-Exclusion in the mathematical sciences: who is kept out, and how we can use maths to bring them in" , Dr Cheng tackles the issue of gender inequality and argues that her mathematical specialty, category theory, reveals why.

Using a combination of precise mathematical reasoning, techniques of abstract mathematical thinking, and her experiences as a woman in the male-dominated field of mathematics, she argues that if we focus character traits rather than gender we can have a more productive and less divisive conversation, about math and beyond.

About the speaker

Dr Eugenia Cheng is a Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Honorary Visiting Fellow of City, University of London. Previously she was a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Pure Mathematics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sheffield, UK. Her research is in category theory, mostly higher-dimensional.

In addition to her latest book, she is the author of several popular mathematics books, published by Profile and Basic:

  • “How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics” 
  • “Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics” - this was shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize
  • “The Art of Logic”

Dr Cheng is keen to bring mathematics to a wider audience and help reduce maths phobia! She is good at explaining things in an accessible way to non-mathematicians of all ages. On top of her job teaching undergraduates and graduate students, she has volunteered helping with mathematics in primary/elementary school ever since she was a graduate student. She also founded the Sheffield Mathematics Academy to bring secondary/high school students to university for mathematics enrichment. Her job at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago involves teaching high level abstract mathematics to art students.

BYO lunch! 


3pm 7 May - Arithmetic Algebraic Geometry Working Seminar

Start time: 3pm 7 May
Location: Boardroom 2.48, Hanna Neumann building 145
Presenter(s): Ian Le, ANU

Positivity - Part 6


This is an informal seminar on arithmetic algebraic geometry and related fields.

The purpose is to present work in progress or to learn about some existing piece of mathematics. Typically the talks are parts of a longer series.