#185: Geordie Williamson on maths, science and thinking in the shower

By Jordan Michaelides
September 08, 2020

Geordie Williamson is a Mathematician & Professor at the University of Sydney, and the youngest living fellow of The Royal Society.

In this episode we covered:

  • Creativity in science and maths 

  • Proving The Lusztig Conjecture in the shower

  • Maths & science: the communication issue

  • Career highlights and lowlights

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SHOW NOTES:

00:28 - Welcome to Uncommon

01:09 - Guest introduction

01:26 - Getting into climbing 

05:58 - Growing up differently

08:58 - Childhood aspirations & nostalgia

11:29 - Childhood principles 

12:47 - Creativity in science and maths 

16:56 - Why Galois Theory?

20:13 - Explaining the breadth of maths

23:52 - Proving The Lusztig Conjecture in the shower

30:36 - Polya & changing perspectives

35:52 - Inspirations

40:17 - Tackling maths communication

43:09 - Choosing to stay in Australia

48:07 - Collaboration in a pandemic

52:11 - A mathematician's COVID-19 forecast

57:14 - Maths & science: the communication issue

01:00:25 - Career highs & lows

01:03:41 - Go-to lockdown food

01:04:03 - Best purchase under $200

01:04:22 - Show recommendation 

01:05:23 - Book recommendation


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CREDITS:

Produced by Neuralle Media

Host - Jordan Michaelides

Executive Producer - Lauren Lopatko

Assistant Producer - Jacob Smith

Editing & Transcription - Alyssa Partington

Audio Engineering - Jason Barkhouse

Videography - Ricards Lacis