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New Mathematics Lecture Series - The Mobius Lecture Series - Begins April 22

April 20, 2014

The Department of Mathematics begins a new lecture series, the Mobius Lecture Series, to honor the newly chartered mathematics club on April 22 with three inaugural talks given by renowned mathematician Dr. Jonathan Borwein.

"Several students, together with their faculty advisors Steve Cates and Scott Wilde, worked very hard to establish a chartered mathematics club on campus", say Department Chair Lance Littlejohn, "and we felt it appropriate to name a new lecture series to highlight their work. In particular, we are grateful to the hard work of our students Isai Chavarri, Rachel Shifflet and Thomas Gibson". The Mobius Lecture Series will be run each April, partially to support National Mathematics Month which is held each April.

Jon Borwein
Jonathan Borwein

Jonathan Borwein is Laureate Professor at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He is a prolific author who has written over 400 articles and ten mathematics books. Dr. Borwein was born in St. Andrews, Scotland and obtained his B.A degree in Honors Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario in 1971. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, where he earned his Master’s Degree in 1972 and his D. Phil in 1974. He has held positions at Dalhousie University, Carnegie-Mellon University, University of Waterloo, Simon Fraser University and has been at Newcastle since 2009. Currently, he directs the University's Priority Research Centre in Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA).

Dr. Borwein has many honors during his prolific career. Among them are: holder of a prestigious Canada Research Chair, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow in the Australian Academy of Science. In addition, he has been Governor-at-Large for the Mathematical Association of America and is past President of the Canadian Mathematical Society.

Together with his brother Peter and colleague David Bailey, Jon won the 1993 Chauvenet Prize in Mathematics from the MAA for his article “Ramanujan, modular equations and pi or how to compute a billion digits of pi”. Jon’s interests span pure mathematics (analysis), applied mathematics (optimization), computational mathematics (numerical and computational analysis) and high performance computing.

All lectures by Dr. Borwein will be given from 3:45-4:45 in Marrs McLean Science Building 301. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend. There will be a reception from 3:00-3:30 on each of the days that he speaks in SR 318.

Dr. Borwein’s Lecture Schedule April 22-24:

The Life of Pi, Part 1 - History – Tuesday, April 22, 3:45 pm-4:45 pm in MMSCI 301
The Life of Pi, Part II - Computation – Wednesday, April 23, 3:45 pm-4:45pm in MMSCI 301
Seeing Things in Mathematics by Walking on Real Numbers – Thursday, April 24, 3:45 pm-4:45 pm in MMSCI 301.