Archive for October, 2012


Lecture on Knots and the Four-Color Theorem

Lecture on Knots and the Four-Color Theorem

October 20th, 2012

In the Undergraduate Colloquium Series in the Mathematical Sciences, speakers connect mathematics and statistics to a variety of disciplines within the college and beyond. Last year, the series saw lectures on tsunamis, virus outbreaks, music, satellite communication, and more. So far this year, we’ve learned about two new trends in statistical analysis: “swarming” and the emerging field of “algebraic statistics.”

This week, the series welcomes Emily Peters (Northwestern), who will explain what “planar algebras” have to say about knot theory and the four-color theorem.

 
Lecture: Monday (10/22), 4:30 p.m., Cuneo Hall 312


Game Theorist Shapley Wins Nobel Prize

October 16th, 2012

My game theory students are well aware of the work Shapley has done. This guy is a mathematician. See below for his short biography. If you want to know about this work take Math 360 (or Math 406). Lloyd S. Shapley Born: 1923, Cambridge, MA, USA Affiliation at the time of the award:University of California, […]


Dangerous Intersection

Dangerous Intersection

October 13th, 2012

Catastrophe theory is a subbranch of an area of mathematics called bifurcation theory, which itself is a subdiscipline of dynamical systems theory.  Catastrophe theory was founded by the famous French mathematician Rene Thom (1923 – 2002) in the late 1960’s, and became very popular in the 1970’s.  Catastrophes are essentially bifurcations (or splits) between points […]


Computer Proof of Feit-Thompson Theorem

Computer Proof of Feit-Thompson Theorem

October 12th, 2012

The Feit-Thompson Theorem is the result that every group of odd order is solvable. The original proof was 255 pages!


Quantum Computing Pioneers Earn Nobel Prize in Physics

Quantum Computing Pioneers Earn Nobel Prize in Physics

October 10th, 2012

Serge Haroche and David Wineland were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work in quantum optics which has applications to what is called quantum computing.  A quantum computer is very unlike a conventional computer.  In a conventional computer, a bit can be one of only two values, a 0 or a  1.  In […]


Nobel winner says maths counts

Nobel winner says maths counts

October 3rd, 2012

Mathematics is one of the most important subject that we teach in school.  The high-tech jobs of the future will require mastery of not only elementary subjects like algebra and geometry, but of advanced mathematical topics like calculus, discrete mathematics, and statistics.  If mathematics is truly that crucial for finding a well-paying job in the […]


Researchers edge closer to solving 270-year-old math problem thanks to grid computing

Researchers edge closer to solving 270-year-old math problem thanks to grid computing

October 2nd, 2012

The Goldbach Conjecture is an important conjecture in number theory.  It says that every even number greater than two is the sum of two primes.  The problem has been unsolved for over 250 years.  Many attempts have been made to give a rigorous proof of the conjecture, but all of them have been found to […]


‘Transcending Tradition’ Exhibition

‘Transcending Tradition’ Exhibition

October 2nd, 2012

The exhibit Transcending Tradition: Jewish Mathmaticians in German-Speaking Academic Culture opens October 4 at the John Crerar Library of the University of Chicago. The exhibit presents the life, work and contributions of Jewish mathematicians in Germany before 1933 in the areas of teaching, research, and popular culture. The exhibit runs through December 18. More information […]


Maria Chudnovsky, 35, wins the MacArthur ‘genius grant’ award

Maria Chudnovsky, 35, wins the MacArthur ‘genius grant’ award

October 1st, 2012

Maria Chudnovsky, 35, has won the ‘genius’ award from the MacArthur Foundation. The award carries a $500,000 stipend over a 5-year period.  Dr. Chudnovsky is a mathematician working in the area of graph theory.  She is currently Professor of Mathematics at Columbia University in New York City.  She is most noted for her contributions to […]