2012 GS Watson Annual Lecture

World-renowned La Trobe University mathematician, Professor Brian Davey will present the 2012 GS Watson Annual Lecture in Bendigo on Wednesday 22 August at 4.30pm in the Circular Lecture Theatre. 

Blackboard-standard As Brian says, ‘I am a pure mathematician. So most people have trouble imagining what it is that I actually do’.

In fact, as Brian will explain, he works with logic where statements are not just true or false, but can be in-between. These ‘many-valued logics’ have applications in areas as diverse as simple household appliances and the way information is stored and retrieved in large computer databases.

In the public lecture, which is aimed at those with little or no formal mathematics background, Brian has promised that ‘I will juggle at least once and will show you how to eat a poisoned chocolate bar without being killed’.

Professor Davey was appointed to La Trobe University in 1975, gaining a Personal Chair in 2009. In 1999 he founded the Research Group on General Algebra and its Applications, now a major group within the University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Last year, Professor Davey was in a team that won the Dean and Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Awards.

Professor Davey will retire in 2013, after more than 38 years at La Trobe University.


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