The Sierpinski Tree: Poland, Cambridge and Sidney

New statue marks strengthening ties between Poland and the University of Cambridge.

A mathematical sculpture promoting the achievements of Polish scientists was this week unveiled in Cambridge. The Sierpiński Tree is modelled upon a geometric figure devised by Polish mathematician Wacław Sierpiński, and was unveiled by the Polish Ambassador, His Excellency Witold Sobków, and the Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.

Also marking the event was Cambridge’s new Lecturer in Polish Studies, Sidney Fellow Dr Stanley Bill. Attending the event with undergraduate students enrolled in the Polish Studies programme, Dr Bill said that the event was not only a celebration of Polish scientific achievement, but that it also showcased Cambridge’s role ‘at the forefront of new innovative approaches to teaching and researching Polish culture and Polish literature’.

The next stage in the development of Polish Studies at Cambridge will be hosted at Sidney Sussex on 30 June–1 July, when the college provides the venue for a major international conference on the future of Polish-Ukrainian relations. A diverse group of historians, political scientists, public intellectuals and social activists are due to speak, and to discuss the positive opportunities for the future of Poland and Ukraine in the context of the more difficult questions from the past.

To find out more about the unveiling of the Sierpiński Tree, follow this link to watch a short film covering the event. A video interview with Dr Stanley Bill about the Polish Studies initiative is also available here.

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This is an archived news story first posted in May, 2015

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  • Dr Stanley Bill and the Sierpiński Tree
  • Dr Stanley Bill and the Sierpiński Tree