Indra's Pearls: a mathematical adventure
10.15-11.00, Florence Nightingale Day, December 2014
This talk is based on the book of the same title by David Mumford, Caroline Series and David Wright.
It tells the story of the authors' computer experiments with some simple but repeated operations on complex numbers. The results are amazingly delicate and beautiful fractals. The talk will have lots of illustrations and will explain the geometry and algorithms which made them. And even without following all the maths, you can still enjoy the pictures!
Caroline Series is a Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University. She was born and educated in Oxford and then went to the USA to do a PhD. She came back to England and has been teaching at Warwick since 1979.
She likes finding the patterns behind geometrical structures, and her research area, "Non-Euclidean Geometry", is closely related to fractals and chaos.
Caroline has done many things to encourage women in mathematics. She is currently Vice-Chair of the International Mathematical Union's Committee for Women in Mathematics.
She also cares about green issues, especially climate change, and helped set up the Environment Committee at Warwick University.