Ben Fairbairn
Lecturer in Mathematics
MMath MA (Cantab) PhD (Birmingham)
Hi! Welcome to my website. Thanks for stopping by.
Teaching
In 2015/16 my main BSc teaching responsibilities are Proof and Structure in Mathematics and one instalment of Problems in Mathematics. I will also be teaching the MSc module Topology. 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).
My Erdős number is 2 (ErdősCameronFairbairn). Since Erdős finally stopped publishing about a decade after he died (well, almost), this is about as low as it can possibly get!
PhD Students

Ammad Ahmed (2015 )
 Emilio Pierro (20122015) "Some calculation on the action of groups on surfaces"
I am always happy to supervise more students  if you're interested in working with me, then please get in touch.
Some useful links
 The London Algebra Colloquium.
 QMUL Combinatorics Study Group.
 The QMUL algebra seminar
 The Birkbeck Seminars in Pure and Applicable Mathematics.
 The "Triangle"
 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 notsouseful links
 SQUOP!...BRISTOL!...PEEEENHALIGAN!
 The world's best Tshirts
 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