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The Mathematical World of C.L. Dodgson

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


A Gresham College lecture by Professor Robin Williams

Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) is best known for his ‘Alice’ books. But his ‘day job’ was as a mathematics lecturer at Christ Church in Oxford. What mathematics was he interested in? – and how good a mathematician was he?

This illustrated lecture and book launch attempts to answer these questions by outlining his mathematical life, labours and legacy in the context of Victorian Oxford.

Professor Robin Wilson is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Geometry, a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Open University, and a stipendiary lecturer at Pembroke College, Oxford. Professor Wilson also regularly teaches as a guest professor at Colorado College.

Professor Wilson’s academic interests lie in graph theory, particularly in colouring problems, e.g. the four colour problem, and algebraic properties of graphs. He also researches the history of mathematics, particularly British mathematics and mathematics in the 17th century and the period 1860 to 1940 and the history of graph theory and combinatorics.

No reservations are required for this free event, which takes place at Barnard’s Inn Hall. It is run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.

Details of lecture

Gresham College was founded in 1597 under the will of Sir Thomas Gresham, and has been providing free lectures within the City of London for over 400 years. It was the first ‘university’ in England besides Oxford and Cambridge, making it London’s oldest higher education institution still in existence today. It does not enrol any students, and awards no degrees.

The College has been recording its lectures since the 1980s and there are now over 1,900 lectures freely available online in text, audio or video formats. The provision of this free online archive of lectures aligns with its founding principles of accessible free education for all.


October 21
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Gresham College


Barnard’s Inn Hall
London, EC1N 2HH United Kingdom
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