Maths and Money: From Gold to Bitcoin

Maths and Money: From Gold to Bitcoin
 
  4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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This event, jointly hosted with the British Society for the History of Mathematics, will focus upon the relationship between mathematics and money, from coinage through to cryptocurrencies. 

The main speaker, Professor D’Maris Coffman will speak on Reserve Currencies in the Era of Fiat Money (6pm). This will be preceded by shorter presentations by Professor Norman Biggs on Thomas Harriot on the Coins of England (4pm) and by Professor Andrew Lewis-Pye on Cryptocurrencies: Protocols for Consensus (5pm). There will be a short break between presentations. The event ends at 7pm.

In the ten years since the Great Financial Crisis, there has been a great deal of interest in the putative decline of the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. In reality, what has happened is a gradual diversity in central bank holdings of a basket of reserve currencies, which is likely to shift again in the wake of the almost certain economic depression following the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Professor Coffman's lecture explores the economic theory of reserve currencies, the implications for globalisation and geopolitics, alongside the history of reserve currencies, especially the decline of sterling and the ascendancy of the dollar, and considers likely scenarios going forward.

Cost: Free of Charge


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2020-10-21 16:00 2020-10-21 16:00 Europe/London Maths and Money: From Gold to Bitcoin This event, jointly hosted with the British Society for the History of Mathematics, will focus upon the relationship between mathematics and money, from coinage through to cryptocurrencies. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2020/10/21/maths-and-money-from-gold-to-bitcoin-234198 ,,,

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