Dear MarcusMarcus du Sautoy delivered the first Copson lecture entitled 'Music of the primes' on 11 October 2005. The following report was in the 2005 Annual Report of the School of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of St Andrews:
I would like to invite you to give the first Copson Lecture at the University of St Andrews in the first semester of 2005-6. Let me give you some background.
Edward Copson was my professor at St Andrews. He died in 1980. Recently his family have given the University money to fund a biennial "Copson Lecture". We would like to have this lecture aimed at, say, the school/university level so that it would be attractive to our undergraduates, school pupils in the last couple of years at school, and to as wide a spectrum of mathematically literate people from the community as possible. We would be delighted if you would be the first Copson Lecturer.
As to timing, we are very flexible. Perhaps a date in October or November 2005 would be the most appropriate.
I very much hope that you will be able to accept this invitation.
The School received a generous endowment from the Copson family to fund a biennial lecture in memory of Professor Edward Copson, a former Regius Professor of Mathematics here at St Andrews. The inaugural Copson lecture was held in October. The lecture, entitled "The Music of the Primes", was given by Professor Marcus du Sautoy to a packed lecture theatre. The speaker was introduced by the Master of the United College, Professor Keith Brown, and a vote of thanks was given by Ken Falconer.The following is a list of all Copson lectures:
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