Public Lecture on the Shape of the Earth

  Last updated December 4, 2018 at 4:37 pm


The maths behind the shape of the Earth takes centre stage at a special public lecture with prominent French mathematician.

When: Wednesday 5 December 2018

Time: 7-8pm

Where: The Braggs Lecture Theatre, North Terrace campus, the University of Adelaide

Speaker: Professor Étienne Ghys, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France

Title: The shape of our planet Earth: a mathematical challenge!

During this year’s meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society in Adelaide, French mathematician Professor Étienne Ghys will give a public lecture with the title “The shape of our planet Earth: a mathematical challenge!” Professor Ghys is well-known for his clear explanations of mathematics to non-experts, and has won many prizes for his popular talks, books and movies. In this lecture, he will explain why the earth is not exactly round, and the mathematical questions that arose from attempts to determine the earth’s precise shape. Everyone who is interested is cordially invited to attend this lecture.

Before the lecture, there will be a reception from 6 – 7pm in the atrium of the Ingkarni Wardli building, to which all are welcome.

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