I feel extremely fortunate to attend an enthralling lecture by Professor Caroline Series FRS, the President of the London Mathematical Society at the University of Lincoln. Caroline is the world’s top living female mathematician. Despite her eminence I thought the lecture would contain complex mathematical concepts and difficult equations that I would not understand. I sat near the back of the room just in case I fell asleep. I did not want the Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Hunter and College of Science Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Libby John to notice since I am still trying to build my reputation at the University of Lincoln. I was in for a surprise. Right from the start Caroline captured the hearts and minds with exciting images, simple explanations in parallel with mathematical equations appealing to school children, members of the public, academic staff and seasoned mathematicians. Her approach is engaging and yet down to earth appealing to a wide-ranging audience. Caroline started her lecture by giving us a fascinating glimpse of the life and work of Charlotte Scott (1858–1931), a famous British mathematician born in Lincoln, specialising in Algebra, who influenced the development of the mathematics education of women in the UK and America. Several days after the lecture I am still tingling with excitement. I want to be a mathematician and regretting my decision to enter the rapidly developing and important field of nanotechnology.
Caroline also unveiled the plaque for the historic opening of the “Charlotte Scott Centre for Algebra” to be led by Lincoln’s top mathematician and world leading Algebraist Professor Evgeny Khokhro. Commenting on the opening, Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky, Founding Head of the School of Mathematics and Physics said: “We are thrilled to welcome Professor Caroline Series to the University to officially open this exciting new research centre.
To put the icing on the cake for this memorable occasion, winners of the Mathematics Challenge Thomas Malloch (King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth) and Will Yun-Farmbrough (Eton College, Windsor) and Kacper Madejek (Abbots Bromley School) were awarded with trophies and certificates in the presence of Mayor Chris Burke and Sheriff of Lincoln Jo Rimmer. The bubbling enthusiasm and abundant talent of the school children ensures that they will continue to fly the Mathematics flag for Lincoln and the UK into the future.