Professor Elizabeth Mansfield to appear on In Our Time

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Professor Elizabeth Mansfield

Professor Elizabeth Mansfield of the School of Statistics, Mathematics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS) will be appearing on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time (Thursday 24 January) to talk about one of the world’s greatest mathematicians

Professor Mansfield is one of three guests invited by the presenter Melvyn Bragg to discuss the career of Emmy Noether.

Noether’s contributions in abstract algebra have proved to be of foundational importance. In mathematical physics what is known simply as Noether’s Theorem is regarded as one of the most important of the 20th century.

Professor Mansfield said: ‘I am delighted to be invited to talk about one of the great female pioneers. Emmy Noether is a tremendous role model, not only for her mathematical genius but also for her resilience in the face of the sexism and anti-Semitism she experienced throughout her career, at a level which would be unthinkable today. And we are still fighting! At SMSAS we are proud of our record of achievement for women in STEM subjects, recognised by our Athena Swan Silver award.’

The show will be broadcast at 09.00 and available on the iPlayer after broadcast.