Celebrate the Life and Works of WR Hamilton in his own home town of Trim Co.Meath. Win a million dollars if you solve The Travelling Salesman Problem which was largely defined by Hamilton in the 19th Century. Eat good food, drink real 19th century ale, have a laugh and talk a lot! Explore ideas of Science, Truth and Beauty in seminars, quirky art, poetry, music, painting, sculpture and various activites.
Expect to see some of the worlds leading researchers on the Travelling Salesman Problem as well as mathematicians, scientists and artists who share an admiration for Ireland's greatest scientist.
In collaboration with a number of Irish Universities and Maths Week 2013 we will host various seminars for amateur enthusiasts and professionals keen on understanding the Travelling Salesman Problem and Hamilton's other works. We will spend time in the house where Hamilton was raised and educated and get to know him through the context of his life in the 19th century.
All are welcome to attend readings of Hamilton's poetry and enjoy contributions from a host of artistic scientists working today in Ireland and abroad.
About Hamilton and the Travelling Salesman Problem-
Given a list of cities, the task is to find the shortest possible route that visits each city exactly once and returns to the origin
World renowned Mathematician, Scientist, Philosopher and Poet William Rowan Hamilton (1805 -1865) grew up and was educated in Trim Co.Meath at Talbot Castle.
Hamilton is largely credited for defining “The Travelling Salesman Problem” (P vs NP) which is still recognised today as one of the 7 Millennium Problems according to the Clay Inst. of Mathematics. Solving the problem would have enormous global consequences for Computing, Maths, Science and Society; and warrants a million dollar prize from the Clay Inst. as well as inevitable consideration for Fields Medal and other accolades. It is the Millennium problem most likely to be solved by an amateur.
Hamilton’s other work in Maths and Physics includes his discovery of Quaternions (fundamental to the development of quantum mechanics) and his theories of rays (fundamental to the study of light and similar phenomena).
Hamilton was a keen poet and friend of William Wordsworth. He confided in Wordsworth about his desire to leave the sciences in order to focus on his poetry. Hamilton was a romantic and perhaps saw Mathematics and Poetry as expressions of the same Truth and Beauty.