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What happened to the first soviet scientist to solve a fundamental problem in mathematics?

Tuesday 9th May 2017, 08.45am

This podcast is part of the The Big Questions series.

Don’t let the thought of geometry and calculators fall you, mathematicians are an exciting bunch! Every 4 years, for the past 119 years, they have gathered in a major city to discuss the big questions they are trying to solve. It’s called the International Congress of Mathematicians. It has a history of outstanding human achievement, controversy and boycotts!

In this episode of the Oxford Sparks Big Questions podcast, we visited Dr Christopher Hollings, Historian of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, to ask about the politics, the excuses and find out exactly what happened to one soviet scientist who was the first to solve a foundational problem in mathematics.

Music credited to: 

Artist: Dana Boulé 

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