Lecture: Monday, September 19, 2016 – Sir Michael Atiyah

Sir Michael Atiyah: “The Soluble and the Insoluble”


What do we mean by a solution to a problem? This is both a philosophical question, and a practical one, which depends on what one is trying to achieve and the means, time and money available. The explosion in computer technology keeps changing the goal posts. I will reflect on these issues, primarily from the viewpoint of an elderly mathematician.