Alex Scott's research interests mainly lie in a part of mathematics known as combinatorics. He spends much of his time thinking about graphs, networks and other discrete structures, both from a structural and from a probabilistic perspective.
Studying Mathematics and joint schools at Merton
We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and nationalities. Merton College is a member of the Mathematics Admission Group and works closely together with the other colleges.
Merton's mathematicians have a strong academic record. Most students continue to the four year Maths course and many go on to do a post-graduate degree.
Mathematics is one of the larger schools in Merton. This is also reflected by the number of mathematicians amongst its fellowship, including Sir Andrew Wiles, well-known through his proof of Fermat's Last Theorem; the Warden of Merton, Sir Martin Taylor, an expert in Number Theory; Professor Ulrike Tillmann, an expert in Topology; Professor of Logic Boris Zilber; Professor Artur Ekert, a specialist in quantum computation, and emeritus Professor Dominic Welsh, an expert in discrete mathematics who has written several books for undergraduates on cryptography, codes, complexity and knots. In addition Merton has a large cohort of graduate students studying Mathematics and related subjects.
Radek works on the development, analysis and application of mathematical and computational methods to real-world systems, focusing on problems which require modelling over different spatial and temporal scales.
Mathematics has a long history at Merton, going nearly all the way back to the foundation of the college and the university.
Dimer models on Riemann surfaces
Mark van Loon, a third-year maths undergraduate, was supported by the college, who permitted his vacation residence, to enable him to conduct a summer research project on dimer models on Riemann surfaces. Mark was able to work on the project with Dr Yang-Hui He, a former Merton Fitzjames and Supernumerary Fellow who is now at City University London. Mark produced a poster setting out the conclusions and further directions of his research.