2011-12 Academic Year Colloquium Schedule
Palenske 227 - Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
January 26- Robert R. Bruner - PDF
February 2 - Daniel E. Bollman - PDF
February 9 - Brad Emmons - PDF
February 16 - Rachel Maitra - PDF
Speaker: David A. Reimann, Associate Professor
Mathematics and Computer Science
Title: Planning for Graduate Study in Mathematics adn Computer Science
Abstract: A degree in mathematics or computer science is excellent preparation for graduate school in areas such as mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering, finance, and law. Come learn about graduate school and options you will have to further your education after graduation.
Speaker: Bruce C. Berndt, '61, Professor
Dept. of Mathematics
Univ. of IL at Urbana-Champaign
Title: Ramanujan's Lost Notebook
Abstract: In the spring of 1976, while searching through papers of the late G. N. Watson at Trinity College, Cambridge, George Andrews found a sheaf of 138 pages in the handwriting of Srinivasa Ramanujan, generally regarded as Indian's greatest mathematician. In view of the fame of Ramanujan's earlier notebooks, Andrews naturally called these papers Ramanujan's "lost notebook." This work, comprising about 650 results with no proofs, arises from the last year of Ramanujan's life and represents some of his deepest work.
Since many in the audience may not be familiar with Ramanujan, we begin with a brief biography. Second, we provide a history of the lost notebook. Third, a general description of the topics found in the lost notebook will be provided. For some of the topics, in particular, q-series, theta functions, mock theta functions, continued fractions, partitions, and infinite series, we offer some details. In the time remaining, the fourth portion of the lecture will be devoted to a more detailed discussion of one of the topics prominently addressed in the lost notebook, namely continued fractions.
September 15 - Dave Reimann - PDF
September 22 - James Burke (Virtual) PDF
September 29 - David C. Murphy PDF
October 13 - Eric Barth PDF
October 20 - Pizza & Pamphlets PDF
October 27 - Darren Mason PDF
November 3 - Daniel Christiansen PDF
November 17 - Michael A. Jones PDF
November 24 - Thanksgiving Break!
December 1 - Student speakers:
Katelyn Broekema, Abigail Carter, Nathaniel Hissom, Rachel Kain and Katelyn Stringham