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

By Jordan Michaelides

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 SmithEditing & Transcription – Alyssa Partington
Audio Engineering – Jason Barkhouse
Videography – Ricards Lacis