AMSI Public Lecture: Darren Crowdy, A complex life



This lecture is free and open to the public.

Date: Wednesday 16 February 2011

Time: 18:00-19:00

Address: JH Michell Theatre, The Richard Berry Building, The University of Melbourne

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Enquiries phone: (03) 8344 1777 or email AMSI.

“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 Pullma

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 Prof. Crowdy will present evidence, drawn mainly from his own research interests, that complex analysis continues to be an indispensable mathematical tool with perennial relevance to modern day applications in science and engineering.

Prof. Darren Crowdy holds a Chair in Applied Mathematics at Imperial College London and has been on the faculty of the Department of Mathematics since 1999. His interests are broad but centre on the application of methods of complex analysis to problems arising in the physical sciences, applied mathematics and mathematical physics. He has special interests in the field of fluid dynamics.

AMSI Members: We are unable to offer use of the AMSI travel allowance for this event.