SMS Distinguished Visitor Programme (DVP) 2013

Programme Distinguished Visitor Programme (DVP)
Audience General

The Distinguished Visitor Programme was launched by the Singapore Mathematical Society in 1998. Through the visit of a distinguished mathematician/mathematics educator, who will interact with both mathematicians/mathematics educators at the universities as well as teachers and pupils at the schools here, the aim of the Programme is to expose as large and diverse an audience as possible to the excitement and relevance of mathematics, thereby enhance the awareness of mathematics in our society.

Distinguished Visitor

Professor Imre Leader, University of Cambridge

Imre Leader is a Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. His research work has concentrated on Graph Theory and Combinatorics particularly in isoperimetric inequalities, extremal Combinatorics and Ramsey Theory.

Educated at St Paul's School (1976 – 1980) and Trinity College, Cambridge (1981 – 1989), he was a member of the British team in the International Mathematical Olympiad in 1981: he later led the team from 1999 to 2001 (and is still heavily involved with Olympiad training). He was also the Chief Coordinator and Problems Group Chairman for IMO 2002.

He was a Fellow at Peterhouse (Cambridge) 1989-1996, Reader in Mathematics, University College London from 1996-2000, Lecturer in Pure Mathematics, Cambridge 2000-2002 and Reader in Pure Mathematics, Cambridge from 2002-2005. He was also awarded Whitehead Prize of London Mathematical Society in 1999. He obtained his PhD in 1989, supervised by Béla Bollobás. He is currently a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

SMS Teacher's Workshop
How to mark hard questions
August 27 (Tuesday)
3.00pm - 5.00pm
NUS High School of Maths and Science
Seminar Room 1A (map)
SMS Public Lecture
Think of a Number
August 28 (Wednesday)
3.00pm - 5.00pm
NUS High School of Maths and Science Auditorium (map)
SMS Academic Talk Partition Regular Equations
August 29 (Thursday)
3.30pm - 5.30 pm
Nanyang Technological University
SPMS-LT2 (SPMS-03-03) (map)
SMS Teacher's Workshop How to mark hard questions
How should one approach the marking of a script from a student that is about a hard problem? How does this differ from marking a `rote' or `routine' question like an A-level question? What are the right kinds of comments to make on the script, to help the student?

We will consider these issues, and will illustrate with plenty of examples.

Target Audience: Mathematics teachers
SMS Public Lecture Think of a Number
In the game of ‘How rich am I?’, each player has one minute to write down on a piece of paper the biggest number he can. The winner is the person with the bigger number. What are some good strategies for this game?

This is a topic that is extremely open-ended. It is suitable for discussion with all ages of pupil, from 11 or 12 right through to 18 (and even to university students). It is always great fun, even though there are important mathematical points to be made.

Target Audience: General public
SMS Academic Talk Partition Regular Equations
A finite or infinite matrix M is called `partition regular' if whenever the natural numbers are finitely coloured there exists a monochromatic vector x with Mx=0. Many of the classical results of Ramsey theory, such as van der Waerden's theorem or Schur's theorem, may be naturally rephrased as assertions that certain matrices are partition regular.

While the structure of finite partition regular matrices is well understood, little is known in the infinite case. In this talk we will review some known results and then proceed to some recent developments.

The talk will not assume any previous knowledge of the area.

Target Audience: Mathematicians and Researchers
Registration: Please click on the following links to register your attendance.

Teacher's Workshop
Public Lecture
Academic Talk

Deadline for registration: To be confirmed
Registration Fees: Free
Coordinator: Dr Ng Kah Loon  Tel: 65162751  Email: