On 8 January, Serafina Cuomo from Birkbeck College, and June Barrow Green from the Open University, came to CoLA to lead a session on women in the history of mathematics.

June spoke about the life and work of Sofia Kovalevskaya, the first woman in modern times to become professor of mathematics at a university, and led a session on the work of women in code-breaking in World War 1 and World War 2.

Serafina spoke about, and led a session on, the way that bits of mathematics like “Pythagoras’s theorem” have different meanings depending how you approach them.

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