Marcus du Sautoy

Author Biography and Research Interests: 

Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. Formerly a Fellow of All Souls College, and Wadham College, he is now a Fellow of New College. He is currently an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow and was previously a Royal Society University Research Fellow. His academic work concerns mainly group theory and number theory. In October 2008, he was appointed to the Simonyi Professorship for the Public Understanding of Science, succeeding Richard Dawkins.

He is known for his work popularizing mathematics. He has been named by The Independent on Sunday as one of the UK's leading scientists. In 2001 he won the Berwick Prize of the London Mathematical Society, which is awarded every two years to reward the best mathematical research by a mathematician under forty. He writes for The Times and The Guardian and has appeared several times on BBC Radio 4 and television. He presented the television programme, Mind Games, on BBC Four. He has also written numerous academic articles and books on mathematics, the most recent being Finding Moonshine.

Du Sautoy is a supporter of Common Hope, an organisation that helps people in Guatemala

Podcasts: 

Finding Moonshine: A Mathematician’s Journey through Symmetry

Marcus du Sautoy

18 Jun 2008; Science Oxford.

From the sphere to the swastika, from the pyramid to the pentagon, our eyes and minds are drawn to symmetrical objects. symmetry is central to the key ideas in subjects ranging from architecture to zoology.

Publications: 
  • The Music of the Primes: Why an Unsolved Problem in Mathematics Matters (2003)
  • Finding Moonshine (UK title, 2007); Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature (US title, 2008)
  • The Num8er My5teries: A Mathematical Odyssey Through Everyday Life (2009)
  • Discrete Groups, Analytic Groups and Poincaré Series. D.Phil. thesis, Oxford, May 1989.
  • Finitely generated groups, p-adic analytic groups and Poincaré series. Bull. American Math. Soc. 23 (1990), 121-126.
  • Polycyclic groups and topological groups. Supplemento ai Rendiconti del Circolo Matematico di Palermo 23 (1990), 63-71.
  • Analytic pro-p Groups, with J. Dixon, A.Mann and D.Segal. London Math. Soc. Lecture Notes Series 157, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge (1991).
  • Applications of p-adic methods to group theory. In ``p-adic methods and their applications'', Ed. A. Baker and R. Plymen, Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford, (1992).
  • Finitely generated groups, p-adic analytic groups and Poincaré series. Annals of Math. 137 (1993), 639-670.
  • Zeta functions of groups and Lie algebras: uniformity. Israel J. of Math. 86 (1994), 1-23.
  • Counting congruence subgroups in arithmetic groups. Bull. London Math. Soc. 26 (1994), 255-262.
  • Functional equations and uniformity for local zeta functions of nilpotent groups, with A. Lubotzky, Amer. J. of Math. 118 (1996), 39-90.
  • Functional equations and uniformity for local zeta functions of nilpotent groups: a report, in Proceedings of Workshop on Arithmetic of Fields, ed. Jarden, (1994), 56-60.
  • Mersenne primes, irrationality and counting subgroups. Bull. London Math. Soc. 29 (1997), 285-294.
  • Integrating on p-adic Lie groups, with G.R. Everest. Israel J. of Math. 103, 207-235 (1998).
  • Zeta functions of classical groups and their friendly ghosts, with F.J. Grunewald. Compte Rendue Acad. Sci. Paris, 327, Série 1, 1-6 (1998). Compte Rendue Volume 327
  • Pro-p groups. CRM Proceedings and Lecture Notes. 17 (1999) 99-130.
  • Book review of Buildings and Classical Groups by Paul Garrett. Bull. London Math. Soc. 31 (1999) 112-113.
  • Zeta functions and counting p-groups.Electronic Research Announcements of the Amer. Math. Soc. 5 (1999) 112-122. ERA Volume 5
  • Analytic pro-p Groups, with J. Dixon, A.Mann and D.Segal. Second Enlarged Edition, Cambridge Studies in Advanced Mathematics 61, CUP 1999.
  • Analytic properties of Euler products of Igusa-type zeta functions and subgroup growth of nilpotent groups, with F.J. Grunewald. Compte Rendue Acad. Sci. Paris, 329, Série 1, 351-356 (1999).
  • Zeta functions of crystallographic groups and analytic continuation, with J.J. McDermott and G.C. Smith. Proc. London Math. Soc. 79, 511-534 (1999). Proceedings of LMS
  • The zeta functions of sl2(Z), Forum Mathematicum 12, 197-221 (2000).
  • Where the wild things are: ramification groups and the Nottingham group, with I. Fesenko, in ``New horizons in pro-p groups'' edited by du Sautoy, Segal, and Shalev, Progress in Mathematics 184 Birkhauser.
  • Zeta functions of groups, with D. Segal, in ``New horizons in pro-p groups'' edited by du Sautoy, Segal, and Shalev, Progress in Mathematics 184 Birkhauser.
  • New horizons in pro-p groups, edited with D. Segal and A. Shalev, Progress in Mathematics 184 Birkhauser.
  • Analytic properties of zeta functions and subgroup growth, with Fritz Grunewald, Annals of Math, 152, no 3, 793-833 (2000).
  • Counting p-groups and nilpotent groups. Inst. Hautes Études Scientifiques, Publ. Math. 92, 63-112 (2000).
  • Book review of An Introduction to the Theory of Local Zeta Functions, by Jun-ichi Igusa, the Bulletin of the LMS, 33, 494-495 (2001).
  • A nilpotent group and its elliptic curve: non-uniformity of local zeta functions of groups, Israel J. of Math 126 (2001), 269-288.
  • The zeta function of sl2 and resolution of singularities, with Gareth Taylor. Transactions of the Cambridge Phil. Soc. 132 (2002), 57-73.
  • Zeta functions of groups: Euler products and soluble groups, Proc. of the Edinburgh Math. Soc. 45 (2002), 149-154.
  • Zeta functions of groups and their ghost zeta functions, with Fritz Grunewald, Amer. J. of Math 124 (2002) 1-48.
  • Counting subgroups in nilpotent groups and points on elliptic curves, J. Reine Angew. Math. 549 (2002) 1-21.
  • Polycyclic groups, analytic groups and algebraic groups. Proc. of the LMS. 85 (2002) 62-92.
  • Zeta functions of groups: the quest for order versus the flight from ennui. Groups St Andrews 2001 – in Oxford, Volume 1, CUP 2003.
  • Z-_p[[t]]-perfect analytic groups are linear, with Rachel Camina. To appear in Geometrica Dedicata.
  • Motivic zeta functions of infinite dimensional Lie algebras, with F. Loeser, École Polytechnique preprint 2000-12, to appear in Selecta Mathematica.

 

 

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