College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics

The First Annual Calvin and Jean Long
Distinguished Lecture in Pure Mathematics

A special thank you to Dr. Calvin Long for his generous donation to WSU allowing the department to host a new annual lectureship called, "The Calvin and Jean Long Distinguished Lecture in Pure Mathematics." The first of these annual series was held on April 17, 2012 at 7:30pm in the Jones Theatre of Daggy Hall. It was a memorable and entertaining evening of Mathemagics with Dr. Arthur Benjamin, a mathematician and magician, and we are delighted that Dr. Calvin Long attended the event and introduced Dr. Benjamin.

About Arthur Benjamin

Dr. Benjamin combines his love of mathematics with his love of magic to create a dynamic presentation called Mathemagics. In this entertaining and fast-paced performance, he demonstrated and explained how to mentally add and multiply numbers faster than a calculator, how to memorize 100 digits of pi, how to figure out the day of the week of any date in history, and other amazing feats of mind. He has presented his mixture of math and magic to audiences all over the world.

Dr. Benjamin has appeared on many television and radio programs, including: The Today Show, CNN, The Colbert Report, and National Public Radio. He has been profiled in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Scientific American, Discover Magazine, Omni Magazine, Esquire Magazine, People Magazine, Wired and Reader's Digest.

Refreshments were served afterwards in the lobby of Daggy Hall.

Math Colloquium

On April 18, 2012 at 3:00pm in Neill 5W Dr. Benjamin presented a colloquium titled, "Combinatorial Trigonometry (and a method to DIE for)". Refreshments were served prior to the colloquium in Neill Hall 216 (Hacker Lounge) at 2:00pm.


Random photos were taken during the lecture and colloquium. Please click on a photo below to view a larger size of the same image.






Dr. Calvin Long, Emeritus Professor, former Department Chair, and long-time friend.
Dr. Long served as the Department of Mathematics Chair from 1970 to 1978.

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