Mathematics and Society Speaker Series

Macalester’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is host to the Mathematics and Society Speaker Series, the purpose of which is to enhance classroom learning in mathematics or computer science through lectures by people prominent in these fields.

These talks are free and open to the public. Neighbors of the college, students at local colleges, and high school students are especially encouraged to attend.

The series was established in January 2001 and is made possible through the generous financial support of Macalester alumnus Kurt Winkelmann ’78.

Mathematics and Society Lecture, 2013:

Louis J. Gross

University of Tennessee

"Best" in a Biological Context: Optimization Across the Biological Hierarchy

September 25, 2013
John B. Davis Lecture Hall
Ruther Stricker Dayton Campus Center
Refreshments from 3:30pm-4:30pm outside of Davis Lecture Hall

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The past speakers are (by academic year):





2012-13 Bill Cook Georgia Tech
2011-12 David Kung St. Mary's College of Maryland
2010-11 Edward Belbruno NASA Research Associate &
Professor at Princeton University
2009-10 Jeff Weeks Geometry Games
2008-09 Ann Watkins California State University,
2007-08 Bart de Smit Leiden University
The Netherlands
2006-07 Peter Hamburger Western Kentucky University
2005-06 Doris Schattschneider Moravian College
2004-05 Helmer Aslaksen National University of Singapore
2003-04 Herb Wilf University of Pennsylvania
2002-03 Gil Strang MIT
2001-02 Tom Banchoff Brown University
2000-01 George Andrews Penn State