A complex life

Host Institution:

AGR at University of Western Sydney

Title of Seminar:

A complex life

Speaker's Name:

AMSI 2011 Lecturer: Darren Crowdy

Speaker's Institution:

Imperial College London

Time and Date:

Monday 14 February, 11:00 (AEST)

Seminar Abstract:



“But think of Adam and Eve like an imaginary number, like the square root of minus one: you can never see any concrete proof that it exists, but if you include it in your equations, you can calculate all manner of things that couldn’t be imagined without it.”

The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman

Imaginary, or complex, numbers have long fascinated not just mathematicians but the public at large; it is bemusing and intriguing that an “imagined” abstraction can have real-life utility. At a time when the teaching of complex analysis to undergraduate engineers, and even to undergraduate mathematicians, is arguably in decline I will present evidence, drawn mainly from my own research interests, that complex analysis continues to be an indispensable mathematical tool with perennial relevance to modern day applications in science and engineering.



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