Episode published: 26/03/19
In this inaugural podcast, INI Director David Abrahams speaks about his role at the Institute, reflects on his first two-and-a-half years in the post and looks forward to the remainder of his tenure. Hosted by: Dan Aspel (INI Communications Manager).
00:00 – Introduction
01:20 – Why did you want to become INI Director?
02:57 – Highlights of the role so far
04:55 – Thomas Hales and the Kepler Conjecture
07:00 – Four Colour Theorem
09:30 – Bringing key groups together in intra-disciplinary programmes
11:15 – The frustrations of being away from research, envying sleeping mathematicians
13:44 – A custodian of mathematics, broadening personal horizons
15:18 – Carefully managed sparks
17:30 – The future of the role, expanding the building
20:00 – The TGM (now Newton Gateway) and knowledge exchange
22:08 – Cycling chat, “the most exhilarating sport there is”
In this inaugural podcast, INI Director David Abrahams speaks about his role at the Institute, reflects on his first two-and-a-half years in the post and looks forward to the remainder of his tenure
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