What is the mathematical significance of certain prehistoric objects that have been unearthed in northern Scotland? This lecture is given by Tony Mann, Head of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Greenwich.
A look at the history of early mathematics, where fundamental mathematical ideas originated and what evidence we have. The emphasis is on the historical development of mathematical techniques.
These talks come from a conference held at Gresham College in May 2011. The full conference (videos, audios, lecture notes and presentations) are available from the conference's page on the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/early-mathematics-day
Named for Sir Thomas Gresham, Gresham College was founded in 1597 and is currently located at Barnard's Inn Hall in central London. Since then, Gresham's professors have provided free public lectures to residents of London. These lectures teach on the subjects of the seven original professorships--Astronomy, Divinity, Mathematics, Law, Music, Medicine, Rhetoric--as well as Commerce, which was added in 1985. In addition to the professorships, the College also hosts frequent seminars and conferences.