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The Department of Mathematics at Baylor University began a new lecture series in 2008 aimed at undergraduate and graduate students as well as area high school students and high school teachers of mathematics. Lecturers chosen for this series will be renowned mathematicians with a special penchant for teaching mathematics and a clear enthusiasm for the subject. The goal of this series is to interest and attract students to mathematics and mathematics education. Funds have been made available for this lecture series by Baylor University; special thanks are due to Dean Lee Nordt of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Previous Speakers: John Oprea (2008-09), Brian Conrey (2009-10), William Dunham (2010-11), David Bressoud (2011-12), Keith Devlin (2012-13)

Sixth Annual Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics

Speaker: Edward B. Burger

Edward B. Burger, President and Professor of Mathematics at Southwestern University, will be the featured speaker in the sixth annual Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics when he returns to Baylor on February 19-20, 2014.

Keith Devlin

Dr. Burger's public lecture "Thinking About Your Education: The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking" will be delivered on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm in D109 of the Baylor Sciences Building. His second lecture, entitled " Thinking About Irrational Numbers: A Rational and Irrational Look at 1,2,3,4,...." will be given on February 20 in D109 at 4:00 pm. All students, faculty, guests are welcome to attend both lectures.

In February 2013, Dr. Burger was named the President of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Prior to that, Dr. Burger was the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Mathematics at Williams College, where he had been a professor since 1990. He was the 2010 winner of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching at Baylor University. He taught two mathematics classes during his semester-in-residence. After that, Burger was hired by Baylor to be Vice Provost for Strategic Educational Initiatives for the academic year 2011-2012. Through Ed's leadership, he pushed through several significant changes, including establishing secondary majors across Baylor's campus.

For a poster advertising Professor Burger's lectures, click here.

The titles, and abstracts, for his two lectures are:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm - D109 (Baylor Sciences Building)

Thinking through your education: The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

Abstract: One of the quintessential elements of education is that it offers students lessons that can stay with them long after they are unable to reproduce a passing grade on their course final exams. The goal of education is to transform lives--to help individuals learn how to think more imaginatively and wisely today so that they can go off and innovate as well as create artful solutions to important problems tomorrow--problems that often don't even exist yet. These habits of thought can be applied throughout life. Join us for a lively and thought-provoking event in which Dr. Burger will not only share these important life-long lessons that arouse effective thinking and creativity but also celebrate all that education does not end when we are presented with our last diploma--we continually need to make up our own minds.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm - D109 (Baylor Sciences Building)

Thinking through the natural numbers: A rational and irrational look at 1, 2, 3, 4, ...

Abstract: (note, spelling errors and italics are intentional): Some people see magical features in the famous Fibonacci numbers and the alluring golden ratio phi. But what if you replace the phamous phi with your phavorite obscure quadratic irrational real number? Is the magic still there? Here we'll think through these questions, highlight their history, and share some recent insights that will transfigure the magic into mathematics. Revealing any more here would be simply ab-surd.