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Mathematics Department

Maths Week 2015 at SPCD

Maths Week 2015 will run from Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th October and is co-ordinated nationally by CALMAST. Details of other events around the country are available at

Details of events which will take place on St Patrick's Campus (DCU) will be posted below as they become available.



Date & Time


Target Audience

Daily Puzzle Competition with prizes


Mon - Fri


See poster board at reception. Check SU Snapchat and Facebook.

College students & staff

Talk by Prof Des McHale entitled Elegance, simplicity and genius: George Boole's equation x²=x (see abstract, below)


Tues 13th



Room E223

FREE, but bookings are required (for those outside SPD/DCU). Contact Gillian Clarke

Transition Year & Senior Cycle students

College students & staff

General public

Poster Display



General Maths Week display at reception. George Boole display in Library foyer.


College students & staff

Hamilton Walk

Fri 16th

The walk starts at Dunsink Observatory and proceeds to Broom Bridge Cabra.

If interested, contact Gillian Clarke

College students & staff



Abstract for Prof MacHale's lecture:

George Boole (1815-1864) invented a new type of mathematics centred on the equation x² = x. We now call his system Boolean Algebra. We examine the origins and implications of Boole's equation x² = x and give some simple examples of Boolean algebras drawn from logic, set theory, switching circuits, colour mixing, and greatest common divisor and least common multiple of positive integers.


Last Updated: Thursday October 08 2015

St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
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