Thursday 13 July 2006, 7.00pm-8.30pm Mathematicians behaving badly: Greenwich’s place in the history of mathematics

Greenwich holds a significant place in Britain’s mathematical history. But the story of mathematics at Greenwich also illustrates its human side. Sometimes mathematicians are driven by personal rivalry as well as by pure scientific interest. Episodes such as the bitter feud between Flamsteed and Halley, Maskelyne’s machinations to prevent Harrison winning the Longitude Prize for his chronometer, and Astronomer Royal Airy’s influential criticisms of Babbage’s calculating engines, show mathematicians as human beings who don’t always get things right!

Venue: Burnside Lecture Theatre, King William Court, University of Greenwich, London SE10 9LS

Tickets are £8 (£5 concession, with a further 50% discount for group bookings) and can be booked on the Royal Institution’s website http://www.rigb.org/rimain/calendar/detail.jsp?&id=278 or by calling 020 7409 2992.