# EMS 1976 Colloquium

The Edinburgh Mathematical Society held the St Andrews Colloquium in St Andrews from 14 to 24 July 1976.

A picture of the 1976 Colloquium is available at THIS LINK.

A picture of the 1976 Colloquium is available at THIS LINK.

**The Lecturers of the St Andrews Mathematical Colloquium, 1976.**

The following gave a series of lectures:

**(a)**Professor Heini Halberstam (Nottingham) - "Number Theory."

**(b)**Professor E Christopher Zeeman (Warwick) - "Catastrophe Theory."

**(c)**Professor Irving Kaplansky (Chicago) - "Graded Lie Algebras and other topics."

The following arranged seminars:

**(d)**Professor John Duncan (Stirling) - Analysis seminars.

**(e)**Professor Peter M Neumann (Oxford) - Algebra seminars.

**Mike Beetham's report on the 1976 St Andrews Colloquium.**

From the minutes of the First Ordinary meeting of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society for session 1976-77:

Dr M J Beetham reported on the Eleventh St Andrews Mathematical Colloquium held from 14th to 24th July 1976. The three main speakers were Professor H Halberstam (on Number Theory), Professor E C Zeeman (on Catastrophe Theory) and Professor I Kaplansky (on Graded Lie Algebras and other topics). Seminars on Analysis and Algebra were organised by Professor J Duncan and Dr P M Neumann respectively and there was a single seminar in Combinatorics. A number of individual lectures were also given. In addition to the mathematical activities, the usual social events took place. About 170 members took part in the Colloquium.

**Memories of the 1976 St Andrews Colloquium.**

**3.1.**Edmund Robertson writes:

I remember two things about Irving Kaplansky's time at the 1976 St Andrews Colloquium. Firstly I remember his inspiring series of lectures on Lie Algebras in which he also spoke about locally compact groups and the solution to Hilbert's fifth problem. Secondly I remember an equally amazing performance that Irving gave at the piano where for about an hour he sat and played Gilbert and Sullivan, totally from memory.

**3.2.**In the paper "On isometries of Jordan algebras" (1978), J D Maitland Wright and M A Youngson:

... give a positive answer to a conjecture made by Professor Kaplansky in his final lecture to the St Andrews Colloquium of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society in July, 1976.

**3.3.**J D Maitland Wright, in his paper Jordan C*-algebras (1977), begins the Introduction as follows:

In his final lecture to the 1976 St Andrews Colloquium of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, Professor Kaplansky introduced the concept of a Jordan C*-algebra [and] pointed out its potential importance ...