Sunday, 09 August 2020

Cafe Scientifique Henley

CAFÉ Sci presents “Closing the gap: the quest to understand prime numbers”.

Prime numbers have intrigued, inspired and infuriated mathematicians for millennia and yet mathematicians’ difficulty with answering simple questions about them reveals their depth and subtlety.

In this talk, which shares its title with her first book, Dr Vicky Neale will describe recent progress towards proving the famous twin primes conjecture and the very different ways in which these breakthroughs have been made — a solo mathematician working in isolation, a young mathematician displaying creativity at the start of a career and a large collaboration that reveals much about how mathematicians go about their work.

Dr Vicky Neale is Whitehead lecturer at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, and supernumerary fellow at Balliol College, Oxford.

Her talk, via Zoom, will take place on Wednesday, June 10 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, including questions.

Please register to get meeting details just prior to the event and during the talk please mute your device and turn off your video so no background noise spoils the session.

We will have the routine 15-minute break after the talk for everyone to grab another drink and relax.

To ask a question, please use the “chat” button to give us the details.

You can log in at 7pm for a “chat” period from 7pm to 7.30pm. The speaker/organiser will log in at 6.45pm to get set up.

If you wish to have a test logging on meeting, please request this when you register.

For more information, email cafescihenley@

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