## Backdrop for Sir Michael Atiyah

Today the University of Edinburgh was privileged to welcome award-winning photographer James Glossop to the School of Mathematics. His task was to photograph Sir Michael Atiyah for an article in The Times (to appear next week) and he asked for a blackboard to be decorated with mathematical equations to form the backdrop to this photo. It was a joint effort between Andrew Ranicki, Julia Collins, Patrick Orson, and (of course) Sir Michael, and contains all their favourite formulae, numbers and ideas in mathematics. What would *you* have drawn on the board?

James kindly took this photo of the board after he was finished getting his shots of Sir Michael. I like the heavenly light shining in from above!

Brian sandersonThose coefficients of KO theory bring back memories of 1961 when I was Sir Michael’s student.

March 6, 2014 at 9:38 pm

matthewhrReblogged this on Math by Matt and commented:

I like the isomorphism of the homotopy group of the 1-sphere with the integers in the bottom right corner.

March 9, 2014 at 1:10 am

Steven TateThat pi is incorrect

March 20, 2015 at 2:44 am

haggisthesheepWhich digit is incorrect?

March 20, 2015 at 10:30 am

Steven Tatetry google

March 21, 2015 at 3:22 am