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01st January 2005 James Holwell

Top Mathematician at Exeter

Exeter was delighted to welcome popular exponent of mathematics Marcus du Sautoy on 8th February. Professor du Sautoy addressed an audience of mathematicians, as well as students from other disciplines, as he explained the history and importance of prime numbers.

Drawing on examples from Beckham’s selection of the number 23 football shirt to cryptography, du Sautoy, the University’s Royal Society research fellow, presented a complex topic in clear terms, with interludes from films such as “Pi” and “Sneakers.”

Following his talk, Prof. du Sautoy answered questions about the elegance of mathematics, and the threat to modern cryptography from quantum computers.

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