Professor Edward B. Burger, President of Southwestern University
Celebrating 170 Years of Inching Up (On the Cheap)
Abstract: Ask a bunch of math jocks, "What's your favorite theorem?" and you'll get responses such as: "There are infinitely many primes!", "The square root of 2 is irrational!", and even: "a^2 + b^2 = c^2 (at least for right triangles)!" But what about the behind-the-scenes theorems that don't get all the hype and twitter #HashTags? Here one number-theorist-turned-president will share his favorite non-famous theorem, its beauty, and far-reaching consequences. In fact, this masterpiece is exactly 170 years old—so this talk is really a birthday celebration for a theorem that transcends the rest. No number theory is required, but an average amount of basic calculus always helps. All math jocks are invited to attend.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 1:00pm to 1:45pm
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