COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The 2015 Calvin and Jean Long Distinguished Lecture in Mathematics

Dr. John dePillis

"Mathematical Conversation Starters For The Rest Of Us"

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
7:00pm in Webster 17

Please join us for an informative discussion by this year's invited guest lecturer John dePillis, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics from the University of California, Riverside.

Dr. dePillis will address the following:

  • How does mathematics conflict with our notion of free will?

  • Did Aristotle assert that women have fewer teeth than men do? And if he did, how did he get away with it?

  • Can it be that Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything?

  • How does our mind “do” algebra on its own without our realizing it?

  • Does Infinity deserve a semi-mystical status?

  • Does the fourth dimension deserve a semi-mystical status? Are three dimensions necessary for our existence?

  • Can a quart of ink paint an infinite area?

Immediately following the lecture we invite you to join us for refreshments in Neill Hall 216 (Hacker Lounge).

About Dr. dePillis

After training as a commercial artist, Dr. dePillis earned a Mechanical Engineering degree, and then a Ph.D. in Mathematics. As Professor of Mathematics at UCR, he taught numerical analysis, computer science, and CGI.