College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics

2009 Ostrom Lecture

"What's Math Got To Do With It?"

Tony F. Chan
Professor of Mathematics, UCLA
Assistant Director, Directorate for Mathematics & Physical Sciences, National Science Foundation


Wednesday, April 15, 2009 in CUE 202 at 7:30pm

Abstract:
To the general public, math has been one of the most inscrutable among scientific disciplines. Not only is the language of math difficult for a lay person to penetrate, it is also often not obvious why it is relevant to everyday life. In fact, math is both ubiquitous and central to many technologies that we rely on every day. In this talk, intended for a general and non-mathematical audience, Dr. Chan will give some examples to illustrate this unexpected role of math from a personal perspective.

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