Tools for Mathematical Computation

Location: V206 Mathematics Building
Date: 10:00 am, Tue, 26th Aug 2014

As part of Jon Borwein's Experimental Mathematics Course, he is exploring the uses of the currently available tools for mathematical computation. Each lecture should be independently accessible, so feel free to drop in.

CARMA Teaching and Learning Seminar

"Forum on assessment as a lens for thinking about teaching"
Dr Jeff Hogan

Location: V129 Mathematics Building
Date: 12:00 pm, Tue, 26th Aug 2014

School Meeting

Location: G111 Geology Building
Date: 10:00 am, Wed, 27th Aug 2014

CARMA Discrete Mathematics Seminar

"Improved bound for Locating-Total Domination Number of Regular Graphs"
Prof Indra Rajasingh

Location: V129 Mathematics Building
Date: 3:00 pm, Thu, 28th Aug 2014

CARMA Retreat

Location: Harbourview Function Centre (Newcastle, NSW)
Date: 9:00 am, Sat, 30th Aug 2014

Draft programme:

8:30 am Registration and coffee
9:00 am Director's Welcome
9:30 am "Research at CARMA"
10:30 am Morning tea
11:00 am "Academic Liasing"
11:30 am "Education/Outreach Activities"
12:30 pm Lunch
2:00 pm "Future of the Discipline and Structure"
3:00 pm Afternoon tea
3:30 pm "Future of Research at the University"
4:00 pm "Talks by Members" (to 5:20 pm)

6:00 pm Dinner

These are the events in the next 7 days. For more, see the events page.


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Selected quotation

"Then, owls and bats,
Cowls and twats,
Monks and nuns, in a cloister's moods,
Adjourn to the oak-stump pantry."

(Quoted on page 56-66 of Bill Byerson, Mother Tongue: The English Language, Penguin, 1990.)

From Robert Browning's (1841) Pippa Passes, which also contains "God's in his Heaven, all's right with the world."

He goes on to say about "this disconcerting quote" that

"Browning had apparently somewhere come across the word twat - which meant precisely the same as it does now - but somehow took it to mean a piece of head gear for nuns. The verse became a source of twittering amusement for generations of schoolboys and a perennial embarrassment to their elders, but the word was never altered and Browning was allowed to live out his life in wholesome ignorance because no one could think of a suitably delicate way of explaining his mistake to him."


Membership to CARMA offers many benefits and is available by invitation to all University of Newcastle academic staff. Associate membership, also by invitation, is available to external researchers and practitioners for three-year renewable terms. Associate members are expected to visit CARMA with some frequency, typically for a total of three to four weeks in a year, and to be involved in one or more ongoing research projects with CARMA members. CARMA is able to assist with the travel and living costs of such visits.