# Ben Fairbairn

**Lecturer in Mathematics**

MMath MA (Cantab) PhD (Birmingham)

Hi! Welcome to my website. Thanks for stopping by.

In 2014/15 my main BSc teaching responsibilities are Real & Complex Variable Theory and the fourth instalment of Problems in Mathematics. I will also be teaching the MSc module Algebraic Number Theory. All materials may be found on moodle.

## Research

My research is primarily concerned with groups and related matters in combinatorics and occasionally even geometry. A more comprehensive account of who I am, where I've been and what I do can be found here (and in particular my publications and preprints, many of which are also on the arXiv can be found here). I currently have one PhD student: Emilio Pierro.

My Erdős number is 2 (Erdős-Cameron-Fairbairn). Since Erdős finally stopped publishing about a decade after he died, this is about as low as it can possibly get!

## Some useful links

- The London Algebra Colloquium.
- QMUL Combinatorics Study Group.
- The QMUL algebra seminar
- The Birkbeck Seminars in Pure and Applicable Mathematics.
- The arXiv
- Birkbeck Library
- MathSciNet (with the usual disclaimers) and their reviews.
- Detexify
- The online Atlas
- Transport for London
- Transport to better places
- The weather
- What's for lunch?

## Some more amusing and yet not-so-useful links

- SQUOP!...BRISTOL!...PEEEENHALIGAN!
- The world's best T-shirts
- Piled Higher and Deeper
- "The real beauty of mathematics is that you don’t have to be intelligent to do it."

## Some blogs

- Bad Science
- 150 wonderful things
- Blighty
- Graphic Detail
- Freakenomics
- Paperback Rioter
- The LMS Blogs
- Peter Cameron
- SymOmega
- The Secret Blogging seminar
- The Aperiodical
- Diamond Geezer
- Terry Tao
- Tim Gowers
- Rob Wilson