An encouraging message from 2018 Grantee, Joseph Double:

‘First of all, I must thank you again for the grant, and for the warmth and friendliness at your event; it was an absolute delight to give my presentation and talk to your members, as it has been interacting with you in general.

I had the opportunity to work with one of my tutors over the summer to produce pieces for a general audience about complex mathematical topics. Without the help of the OUS East Kent group, I couldn’t have taken up this opportunity – with their grant’s help, I was able to afford to live in Oxford through a large part of the summer, allowing me to work in close contact with my tutor and use his studio for creating the videos and audio pieces I worked on. The OUSEK grant can be put to use far more flexibly than those from bigger schemes (which always have preconditions to meet about how the project will apply to industry, say), so I couldn’t recommend applying more if you have an idea for a project for your time at Oxford which is on the unusual side!’

Pieces I produced during the project:

Why do Bees Build Hexagons? Honeycomb Conjecture explained by Thomas Hales

(A video I edited of Tom (my tutor) interviewing Thomas Hales about the mathematics behind beehives)

Would Alien (Non-Euclidean) Geometry Break Our Brains?

(My main video, written, filmed and edited by me, about demystifying non-Euclidean geometry)

Take me to your chalkboard

(My main audio piece, where I interview Professor Adrian Moore (also of St Hugh’s) about what philosophy can tell us about how aliens might do maths)

Maths proves that maths isn’t boring

(An article about Gödel’s incompleteness theorems, and how they show maths is always risky)

Getting tattooed for science…

(An audio piece I edited about a tattoo Tom got of the Platonic solids)

Alien maths – we’re counting on it

(An article about how we use the mathematics of prime numbers to send messages to the stars)

Play Nice!

(An article about a game theory paper which could amongst other things help stop deforestation)

The Committee reminds us that the Grants Committee will soon be meeting to receive applications for this coming summer. In the interest of knowing how much money they will have to award, the Treasurer would be grateful if those of you who have not yet sent him your donations could do so. Cheques should be sent to: Mr. Nigel Beevor, 10 B, The Street, Ash, Kent CT3 2HJ.  He will also be happy to have money transferred to him by electronic transfer (as above).  If you have been paying your yearly donations by standing order, please will you amend the details with your bank so these donations can go into our new bank account.  If you have not yet set up a standing order, may I suggest that this is the easiest way for the Grants Committee to know what funds will be available to them?
A date for your diary:
East Kent Branch member David Newsholme (Worcester, Music) Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral, has drawn our attention to what we’re sure will be a concert not to be missed:
On Saturday 9 March 2019, the Girls and Men of Canterbury Cathedral Choir conducted by Dr David Newsholme will perform Bach’s St John Passion. They will be joined by critically-acclaimed period instrument orchestra The Harmonious Society Of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen and internationally-renowned soloists for the performance in the Cathedral’s Nave. Tickets are available from the Canterbury Ticket Shop:
Great news: In 2018 we awarded no fewer than five grants, taking undergraduates to France, Belgium, Romania, Cornwall – and even remaining in Oxford! See the report on the AGM in October on the EVENTS page.
Patrick Wheeler and Hubert Pragnell, both active members of the East Kent Branch of OUS have recently had books published and it is with great pleasure that we bring them to your attention.


Hubert PragnellYork: An artists View, an Architectural Guide

Published by Northern Arts Publications, Huddersfield ISBN: 978-1-909837-22-5  136pp  on high quality art paper RRP £20. 
A substantial introduction to the history of York & its architectural heritage with approximately ninety of Hubert’s own illustrations in  watercolour and ink & wash covering the main streets and principal buildings within the wall and not least the Minster. The aim is for it to act not only as a guide to York but also the development of English architectural style from the Roman period with York being one of the few British cities which an show substantial remains for each period from the Roman.  There is a glossary and bibliography. RRP£20.
Further details can be obtained from Northern Arts Publications website:
  Patrick Wheeler: Ribbons Among the Rajahs  A history of British Women in India before the Raj
Published by Pen and Sword History ISBN: 9781473893276 246pp RRP £25.
From the mid-eighteenth century onwards, British women started travelling in any numbers to the East Indies, mostly to accompany husbands, brothers or fathers. Very little about them is recorded from the earlier years, about the remarkable journeys that they made and what drove them to travel those huge distances. Some kept journals, others wrote letters, and for the first time Patrick Wheeler tells their story in this fascinating and colourful history, exploring the little-known lives of these women and their experiences of life in India before the Raj. With a perceptive approach, Ribbons Among the Rajahs considers all aspects of women’s lives in India, from the original discomfort of traversing the globe and the complexities of arrival through to creating a home in a tight-knit settlement community. It considers, too, the effects of the subservience of women to the needs of men and argues for the fusion of European and Indian cultures that existed before imperial times.
Modern Greek Language Classes – and Greek Dancing!
Ms Andrea Kourellias, who recently joined our committee, continues to promote the teaching of Modern Greek in East Kent as a minority language.
Since 2010, she has been the only KCC Adult Education Modern Greek tutor in East Kent, and is only one of two tutors in the whole of Kent. Andrea has taught Modern Greek in Canterbury from 2010 to 2017, but since 2017 taught the first ever beginners Modern Greek class in Margate.
Modern Greek from beginners’ level to intermediate is advertised for the academic year 2018-9 online.
Anyone interested should go to the KCC adult education website or e-mail Andrea direct at Or call the adult education number on 03000 41 2222. The continuation class is for those who have a knowledge of Modern Greek, although Ancient Greek is useful, but the course includes speaking/listening/reading/writing and is more functional Greek for holiday use, with some incidental grammar where this fits in.
Henry Maude
It is with great regret that we have to report the death of our past chairman, The Hon. Henry Maude.  The Funeral Service was held on Friday, 27th April at St. Mary’s Church in Wingham. Expressions of condolence, as well as donations to Cantoris Charitable Trust, may be sent to The Hon. Georgina Maude, Sparrow Court, Chalk Hill Road, Kingsdown, Deal, Kent CT14 8DP.
Henry at the OUS summer party last year
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