Isaac Newton Lecture 2022

Newton’s Principia

a public lecture by

Professor Charles Leedham-Green

Queen Mary, University of London

Tuesday 26 April 2022

6 pm – 7:20 pm

Newton Lecture Theatre INB0114 in the Isaac Newton building, University of Lincoln

Abstract: It is impossible to read Newton’s Principia without being astonished at the depth and breadth of his genius. I shall outline some of the ideas that so excited Newton’s contemporaries, and that have held later generations in awe.

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L-G-Professor Charles Leedham-Green graduated from Oxford University in 1963, where he also received his D.Phil. in Mathematics in 1966. He is a Professor of Pure Mathematics, Queen Mary, University of London, since 1997. His research is in algebra, specifically in group theory, where he published over 50 research articles and co-authored (with S. McKay) the definitive monograph “The Structure of Groups of Prime Power Order” (Oxford University Press, 2002). His recent research concerns computational aspects of group theory.
Professor Leedham-Green is also a well-known expert on Newton’s mathematics. He produced a new, richly annotated translation of the famous Newton’s magnum opus “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy“, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2021.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Peter Tompkins says:

    Thank you for another enjoyable event.
    Again smoothly organised, very welcoming, and good topic/speaker.
    I look forward to future talks.
    Could we have something linked with the beauty of maths/ overtly mathematical art. Great/ Contemporary artists expressing mathematical concepts / research.
    Many thanks. Peter

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  2. Iris says:

    I have recently been reading a little about philosophy so thought why not? when I saw the talk advertised … now my maths and physics level of education are at about o level standard with a few add ons as I will look details up when I read science fiction (imagine my joy of having an idea what the three body problem was about – ha ha ha)… but despite being wholly ‘under-educated’ in therms of the talk I still enjoyed it very much – I speak English as a foreign language so know about the challenges of translating etc. The lecture was extremely engaging and well delivered.
    Whilst I will try to be a little more careful with my choice of subject matter I will definitely be on the lookout for more lectures to attend. Thank you to all involved for setting it up.

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  3. Andy Ellison says:

    Interesting talk. Have ordered his book. I enjoy the online talks but hope the live ones can continue.

    Liked by 1 person

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