The Adams Society hosts numerous events each year. These include mathematical talks by leading academics in the field, and social events making good use of the historical setting. You can find more about our annual social events at John’s Socials, or check out our Past Events and Photo Gallery.
For in-person events, there is the opportunity to join the speaker and some members of the committee in St John’s Hall after the talks. A form where you can easily sign up to dine in hall if you are not from St John’s should be included in the email for each talk, even if it is not yet linked below. Feel free contact a member of the committee if you would like to book a ticket.
Upcoming and Recent Events
Events 2021-2022 can be found here. Remember to sign up to our mailing list to be notified of new events!
Scarves, Symmetry and Solving Equations by Dr Vicky Neale
Castlereagh Room, St John’s College
About the speaker: Vicky Neale is a British mathematician and writer. She is the Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute at Oxford and Supernumerary Fellow at Balliol College. Her research specialty is number theory.
Abstract: Through knitting, I’ve been exploring the symmetry patterns in scarves. How many different types of scarf pattern are there? In this session, we’ll explore this question, and see how it connects with apparently unrelated areas of maths, such as solving polynomial equations. If you like doodling, you might want coloured pens/pencils and squared paper to hand!
Diophantine Equations by Professor Gerd Faltings
Abstract: I will give an overview of what is known, explaining tools (heights, good reduction, Galois representations), known results (like Mordell, Roth), and additional avenues of research.
Local-to-global principles in number theory by Professor Tom Fisher
A deconstruction of the Regularity Lemma by Prof. Niranjan Balachandran
Abstract: The Regularity lemma of Szemeredi is a landmark result in graph theory with far-reaching consequences ranging from applications in extremal graph theory, additive combinatorics, theoretical computer science, and probability theory to name a few. It is not just a lemma – it is a general motif that sweeps across these landscapes. What we shall see in this talk is a deconstruction of this lemma that is better motivated from the following vantage point: YOU are Szemeredi. How did you come up with such an audacious lemma?!
The deconstruction is not a historic account by any means, for I do not know the workings of as fertile and `irregular’ mind as Szemeredi’s; it is as historically authentic as was Tarantino’s version of how World War II ended.
Can a computer do your problems sheets? by Prof. Kevin Buzzard
Tuesday, 9th November 2021, 18:00
Main Lecture Hall, Old Divinity School, St John’s College
Stein’s Pardox by Prof. Richard Samworth
Tuesday, 12th October 2021, 18:00
Castlereagh Room, Fisher Building, St John’s College
Stein’s paradox is one of the most striking results in Statistics. Although it appears to be a basic problem in mathematical statistics, it turns out to have profound implications for the analysis of modern, high-dimensional data. I will describe both the result and some of its consequences.
Friday, 8th October 2021
A warm welcome to all our freshers.
Annual Cricket Match
The Adams Society annual cricket match against the Trinity Maths Society will be on the Trinity Old Fields. A training session will be arranged at some point in the coming week, with details to come later.
Annual Garden Party
The Adams Society garden party will be held at the Fellow’s Garden, split into two sessions due to Covid restrictions of 30 people maximum. You’re welcome to come to either one or both of them if you wish. But due to the covid restrictions, we encourage Part IA and Part II students to come to the first one on the 19th June (Saturday), and Part IB and Part III students to the second one on the 26th June.
Tripos Experience Sharing Session
Monday, 19th April 2021, 19:00
The Tripos Experience Sharing Session is hold online due to Covid, led by Michael Ng, Nicholas Janisch, David Bai, Sophie McInerney, Jason Tang and Lennie Wells. The attendees peaked over 50.