Mathematics, grammars... and babies?!
`Colourless green ideas sleep furiously.' Before you judge the author of this nonsense, notice that it is at least a grammatically correct sentence. In fact, it is a famous sentence due to the linguist Noam Chomsky, who investigated the principles from which spoken languages develop. While trying to come up with a theory to explain how babies learn to form sentences, Chomsky defined grammars. Similar to grammar learned in school, Chomsky's grammars are sets of rules about how to construct sentences.
In this talk, we will investigate to what extent Chomsky succeeded in determining why some sentences are correct while others are not. More importantly, the talk will also reveal how these grammars turned out to have unexpected applications in mathematics and computer science.
Dr. Laura Ciobanu is Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt University.
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School Week Round Up
It's the end of the school week for Maths Week Scotland and what a week it's been! We've loved seeing such a range of activity in schools on Twitter from careers to ceilidhs, thanks to everyone who's shared their Maths Week Scotland with us. So what has everyone learnt at school this week?