Math Awareness Month: Not Just for Majors

Posted March 31st, 2011 at 4:20 pm.

No mathematical background is necessary to enjoy Math Awareness Month events, says Associate Professor and Chair of Mathematics Leslie Cheng.

The series, dedicated to making math more accessible, includes a lecture by a mathematical humorist and student performances of his skits as well as a talk on math in The Simpsons and Futurama. A discussion by a panel of math alumnae is also planned.

On the schedule so far:

  • “Blown Away: What Knot to Do When Sailing,” by Sir Randolph Bacon III, cousin-in-law to Colin Adams, Williams College. Being a tale of adventure on the high seas involving great risk to the tale teller, and how an understanding of the mathematical theory of knots saved his bacon. No nautical or mathematical background assumed. Wednesday, April 6, 4 p.m., Park 338. Tea at 3:45 p.m. in Park 355.
  • Funny Math Theater. Faculty and students will perform skits written by mathematician and comedian Colin Adams. Wednesday, April 6, 8:30 p.m., Park 338.
  • “Math in The Simpsons and Futurama,” a talk by professor Sarah Greenwald of Appalachian State University. Monday, April 11, 4:15 p.m., Park 338.
  • Math Major Alumnae panel, Tuesday, April 19, Park 338.
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