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The 40th Anniversary of the University

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The Mathematics Institute's
40th Birthday Party - Friday 6th May 2005
The University's 40th Anniversary
Saturday 7th May 2005

As part of the University's 40th Birthday celebrations, the Mathematics Institute is holding its 40th Birthday Party on Friday 6th May and for the University's 40th Anniversary on Saturday 7th May Sir Christopher Zeeman will talk at 11am.

Friday 6th May 2005 - PROGRAMME

All talks will be in MS01 in the Mathematics & Statistics Building
9.00-11.00 Coffee in the Common Room
10.00-11.00 Corrado de Concini (Rome) Subspace arrangements: Topology and combinatorics
11.15-12.30 David Epstein (Maths), George Rowlands (Physics) Reminiscences of Warwick
Any participants who would like to contribute are most welcome.
12.30 Lunch in the Common Room
14.00-15.00 Nigel Hitchin (Oxford) Einstein and geometry
15.00-16.30 Tea in the Common Room
16.30 The renaming of the Mathematics and Statistics Building
17.00-18.00 Sir Christopher Zeeman
From Cambridge to Catastrophe
18.00 Wine, soft drinks and snacks in the Common Room
19.00 for 19.30 Celebration Dinner at University House (100 places available at £35.00 per head)
In 1978 Christopher Zeeman gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures which were given live and taped by the BBC. We will be showing these during the day.

Saturday 7th May 2005 - PROGRAMME

The talk will be in Lecture Room MS01 of the
Mathematics and Statistics Building

10.00-11.00 Coffee in the Mathematics Institute Common Room
11.00-12.00 Sir Christopher Zeeman
Application of Catastrophe Theory to Darwinian Evolution

There is an ongoing debate amongst evolutionists between those who believe in
Darwin's gradualism and those who support Eldredge and Gould's punctuated equilibria.
According to the latter the fossil record shows long periods of equilibrium punctuated by
brief periods of relatively rapid evolution.

We translate Darwin's two hypotheses of random small variations and natural selection
into mathematics in the simplest possible way, and deduce punctuated equilibria. Thus
Eldredge and Gould's theory is a consequence of, rather than a contradiction to,
Darwin's theory. Moreover the model also explains speciation and canalisation,
and multiple speciation at the punctuation points, showing why multiple speciation is
more generic than bifurcation.  It also shows how these are related to the creation of
abrupt frontiers, and invasions of territory.

For further information please contact the

Mathematics Research Centre,
University of Warwick,
Coventry CV4 7AL

+44 (0)24 7652 8317
+44 (0)24 7652 4182

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