Robin Wilson (mathematician)
- This article is about Robin Wilson the mathematician. For the musician, see Robin Wilson.
|The Honourable Doctor
R. J. Wilson
5 December 1943 |
Pembroke College, Oxford, Gresham College
|Alma mater||University College School, Hampstead, London
University of Oxford (Balliol College)
University of Pennsylvania
|Doctoral advisor||Nesmith Ankeny|
Robin James Wilson (born 5 December 1943) is an emeritus professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Open University, having previously been Head of the Pure Mathematics Department and Dean of the Faculty. He was a Stipendiary Lecturer at Pembroke College, Oxford and, as of 2006[update], Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London, where he has also been a visiting professor. On occasion, he guest teaches at Colorado College.
- University College School (an independent school), in Hampstead, North London.
- BA First Class Honours in Mathematics from Balliol College, Oxford
- MA from the University of Pennsylvania
- PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (1965–1968)
- BA First Class Honours in Humanities with Music from the Open University.
In July 2008 he published a study of the mathematical work of Lewis Carroll, the creator of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass — Lewis Carroll in Numberland: His Fantastical Mathematical Logical Life.
He is President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics.
He has strong interests in music, including the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, and is the co-author (with Frederic Lloyd) of Gilbert and Sullivan: The Official D'Oyly Carte Picture History. In 2007 he was a guest on Private Passions, the biographical music discussion programme on BBC Radio 3.
- Combinatorics: Ancient & Modern (with John Watkins), Oxford University Press, 2013: ISBN 0-19-965659-2
- The Great Mathematicians (with Raymond Flood), Arcturus Publishing Ltd, 2011: ISBN 1-84837-902-1
- Hidden Word Sudoku, Infinite Ideas Limited 2005: ISBN 1-904902-74-X
- How to Solve Sudoku, Infinite Ideas Limited 2005: ISBN 1-904902-62-6
- Sherlock Holmes in Babylon and Other Tales of Mathematical History (co-edited with Marlow Anderson and Victor Katz), The Mathematical Association of America, 2004: ISBN 0-88385-546-1
- Mathematics and Music: From Pythagoras to Fractals (co-edited with John Fauvel & Raymond Flood), Oxford University Press, 2003: ISBN 0-19-851187-6
- Four Colours Suffice: How the Map Problem Was Solved, Allen Lane (Penguin), 2002: ISBN 0-7139-9670-6
- Stamping through Mathematics, Springer, 2001: ISBN 0-387-98949-8
- Oxford Figures: 800 Years of the Mathematical Sciences (with John Fauvel & Raymond Flood), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000: ISBN 0-19-852309-2
- Graphs and Applications: An Introductory Approach (with Joan Aldous), Springer, 2000: ISBN 1-85233-259-X
- Mathematical Conversations: Selections from the Mathematical Intelligencer (with J. Gray), Springer, 2000: ISBN 0-387-98686-3
- An Atlas of Graphs (with R.C. Read), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998: ISBN 0-19-853289-X (paperback edition, 2002: ISBN 0-19-852650-4)
- Graph Theory 1736-1936 (with Norman L. Biggs and Keith Lloyd), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976: ISBN 0-19-853901-0
- "Prof Robin Wilson". Open University - Department of Mathematics And Statistics. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
- Pembroke College Website
- "Professor Robin Wilson". Gresham College. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
- European Mathematical Society Newsletter, No 49, September 2003, ISSN 1027 - 488X
- John Crace (7 October 2008). "Serious showman". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
- Paul R. Halmos – Lester R. Ford Awards, Mathematical Association of America
- Wilson, R. J. (1973). "An introduction to matroid theory". Amer. Math. Monthly 80: 500–525. doi:10.2307/2319608.
- "On the chromatic index of almost all graphs". Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series B 23: 255–257. doi:10.1016/0095-8956(77)90039-9.
- Allen Lane, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7139-9757-6
- "Professor Robin Wilson". Open University. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
- Knopf, 1984. ISBN 978-0-394-54113-6
- BBC Radio 3
- Robin Wilson's Page at the Open University
- Robin Wilson's entry in the Faculty of Mathematics and Computing at the Open University
- Lectures by Robin Wilson at Gresham College
- Robin Wilson's entry at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Works by or about Robin Wilson in libraries (WorldCat catalog)