Speaker: Betty Mayfield (Hood College) Abstract: In the Year 1000, the Bishop of Rome was not only a skilled churchman and politician, he knew more mathematics than just about anyone else in Western Europe. We’ll talk about how that happened. No tickets required. Light refreshments will be provided.
Math circles, a tradition imported from Russia, are places where kids get together to discuss challenging problems of the sort that they are unlikely to encounter in school. The purpose of the math circle is *not* remediation, test preparation, or to participate in contests. Rather, the purpose is to think about problems together in a social context, i.e., fun.
Speaker: Raghuram (IISER Pune, India) Abstract: A question which I have been asked many times in my life; a question that evokes a mix of fear and amusement and irritation due to my own ineptitude to come up with a witty answer, goes something like this: "so, does this have any applications?" Usually, such a question might be in a social setting, often coming from a friend who is interested in …more