Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Department of Mathematics

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Next Mathematics Colloquium

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Dr. James C. Alexander, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Maryland at College Park, will present a colloquium on The Gibbs Phenomenon: The Saga

Abstract:  This is a historical talk. The Gibbs phenomenon is a feature of the behavior of Fourier series of a discontinuous function. The story of its elucidation at the turn of the 20th century illustrates that mathematical research is very much a human activity—including such things as misattribution, disputed claims of priority, rhetorical long knives, vague (and not so vague) insults, uncritical parroting, etc. Josiah Williard Gibbs was only one person in the story. Other luminaries include Albert Michelson, A.E.H. Love, Maxine Bôcher (of the AMS Bôcher prize), Leopold Fejér, Thomas Grönwall, and Henri Poincaré. In this lecture, we review this history from the late 1800s through the 1910s, together with sequels and prequels.

This colloquium will be held in 7800 York Road, Room 320 at 4:00 p.m., with light refreshments served at 3:30 p.m.

Recent Mathematics Colloquium Talks

Date Topic Speaker
March 12, 2014 College Geometry: Effective Strategies to Develop Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching Dr. Tetyana Berezovski,
Saint Joseph's University
Feb 20, 2014 Carnegie: How Baltimore County Public Schools are using the Carnegie textbook to teach Common Core Math Standards in grades 6-8 and Algebra 1 Ms. Ellen Mangels,
Cockeysville Middle School, BCPS
Dec 13, 2013 Splines and their moduli Dr. Patrick Clarke,
Drexel University
Dec 5, 2013 Effectiveness of online instruction in basic statistics and algebra courses Dr. Min A,
Coppin State University
Nov 7, 2013 The Maryland Common Core curriculum in mathematics and the PARCC: What we know now Dr. Karen E.L. Ross,
Maryland Department of Education
Oct 24, 2013 Combinatorial trigonometry (and a method to DIE for) Dr. Arthur T. Benjamin,
Harvey Mudd College
Oct 9, 2013 An afternoon with Euler Dr. William Dunham,
Muhlenberg College
Sept 26, 2013 Controlling for unmeasured confounding in time to event analysis of longitudinal observational studies Dr. James Troendle,
Sept 19, 2013 A matrix connected with the Riemann Hypothesis Dr. Robert C. Vaughan,
Penn State University
& University of Michigan
May 2, 2013 Modeling mortality of multiple populations with vector error correction models: Applications to Solvency II Dr. Rui Zhou,
University of Manitoba
April 25, 2013 Developing critical thinking by infusion approach through probability models, intuitive judgments and decision-making under uncertainty Dr. Einav Aizikovitsh-Udi,
Beit Berl College, Israel
April 18, 2013 The congruence condition in Waring's problem Dr. Scott Parsell
West Chester University
April 4, 2013 Measuring retirement income adequacy using replacement rates Dr. Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald
 Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia
March 28, 2013 Electrons, buckyballs, and orifices: Nature’s way of minimizing energy Dr. Peter Dragnev
Indiana University-Purdue University
Feb 28, 2013 The Experimental Geometry Lab at the University of Maryland Dr. William Goldman
University of Maryland at College Park

Department of Mathematics
7800 York Road, Room 316 (campus map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-3091
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