History of Mathematics and Flight

History of Mathematics and Flight

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£15 – £40

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Concorde Centre

Concorde Conference Centre

Wilmslow Old Road


WA15 8XQ

United Kingdom

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Flight of man-made objects, animals and fugitives; formation, navigation and control. Includes a free tour of the Concorde flight deck!

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A day of talks about the history of mathematics and flight. Flight will be broadly conceived to cover the flight of man-made objects, animals, and even fugitives; flight formation, navigation and control.

This will include a tour of the Concorde Flight Deck, and tea/coffee at break times, but not lunch, as we wanted to keep the registration fee to a minimum. The conference centre is situated within the Runway Visitor Park, where there is both a café and an outdoor picnic area.

Provisional Programme:

9.50 Registration

10.10 Welcome

10.15 Kate Hindle (St Andrews): D'Arcy Thompson and flight

10.35 Concorde Flight Deck tour followed by Coffee

11.30 Jane Wess (Independent): Benjamin Robins: Elegant Mathematics Versus Experimental Inconvenience?

12.10 Deborah Kent (St Andrews): A champion’s counterexample? PG Tait and the flight of a golf ball

12.50 Lunch Break

14.00 Isobel Falconer (St Andrews): James Bell Pettigrew and flight - reasoning by precise drawing?

14.20 Jim Boyd (Essex), Gareth Roberts (Bangor) and Alwyn Owens (Bangor): Stability in Theory, in the Laboratory and in the Air: William Ellis Williams’ Campaign for Proof Positive (1904-1914)

15.00 Tea

15.30 Tony Royle (Open): When the Numbers Don’t Add Up!

16.30 Finish

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