RSVP for Tutte Centenary event on Mon 25 Sept 2017

Bill Tutte Centenary Celebration, Discrete Mathematics Research Group, Monash University

Monday 25 September 2017, 9am-2pm

Lecture Theatre S14, Clayton campus

Monday 25 September 2017, 9am-2pm

Lecture Theatre S14, Clayton campus

You are invited to help celebrate Bill Tutte Centenary Year with half a day of talks about his life, work, and influence on mathematics, with morning tea and a light lunch.

William (Bill) Tutte (1917-2002) became a research mathematician while still an undergraduate at Cambridge in the late 1930s, broke the toughest Nazi codes while at Bletchley Park in WW2, and became one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century. His work saved countless lives during the war and led the development of the mathematics of networks (known as "graphs" within the field, but the term is not used here in its usual sense of axes, co-ordinates etc). His work was usually inspired by pure curiosity or recreational puzzles, but has been applied in domains as diverse as electrical circuits, statistical physics and information visualisation. For further information about him, see:

https://theconversation.com/remembering-bill-tutte-another-brilliant-codebreaker-from-world-war-ii-77556

http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Tutte.html

This celebration will consist of a series of short talks by mathematicians and computer scientists, aimed at university-level mathematics students and mathematics graduates. Talks will include:

Graham Farr: overview of Tutte's life

Kerri Morgan: Squaring the square

Ron Steinfeld / Amin Sakzad: Tutte's work at Bletchley Park in WW2

Jane Gao: When can vertices be all paired up? (1947 paper)

Kai Siong Yow: `The dissection of equilateral triangles into equilateral triangles' (1948 paper)

Ranjie Mo: `A contribution to the theory of chromatic polynomials' (1954 paper)

Sanming Zhou (Melb): Tutte's work on highly arc-transitive cubic graphs

David Wood: How Tutte would draw a graph

Grant Cairns (La Trobe): The Hanani-Tutte Theorem

Norman Do: Tutte and the topological recursion

Daniel Mathews: The Tutte polynomial and knot theory

Andrew Elvey Price (Melb): Enumerating planar maps weighted by their Tutte polynomial

Nick Wormald: My impressions of Tutte

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