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Special Mathematics Lecture by Ed Burger on November 3

Oct. 11, 2010

Professor Edward B. Burger, Robert Foster Cherry Professor for Great Teaching and Professor of Mathematics, will give a special lecture to Baylor students on November 3. His lecture will be in D110 of the Baylor Sciences Building from 4-5 pm and all students and faculty are welcome. The title of his lecture will be

"How Always to Win at Limbo"

or

"You can sum some of the series some of the time, and some of the series none of the time... but can you sum some of the series ALL of the time?"

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

The abstract of Professor Burger's lecture:

Remember in your days of first-love how you would dream about that special someone and wonder to yourself: "How close are we?" This presentation will answer that question by answering: What does it mean for two things to be close to one another? We'll take a strange look at infinite series, dare to mention a calculus student's fantasy, and momentarily engage in transcendental meditation. In fact, we'll even attempt to build some very exotic series that can be used if you ever have to flee the country in a hurry: we'll either succeed or fail... you'll have to come to the lecture to find out. Will you be at the edge of your seats? Perhaps; but if not, then you'll probably fall asleep and either way, after the talk, you'll feel refreshed. No matter what, you'll learn a sneaky way to always win at Limbo.

This presentation is open to all math fans--young and old alike. A familiarity with infinite series is helpful. If you've ever heard of the words "triangle inequality", then this math event for you!

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Dr. Burger is Professor of Mathematics and the Lissack Professor for Social Responsibility and Personal Ethics at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachussetts.

Immediately after the lecture, there will be light refreshments - all are welcome to attend this reception. If any students are interested in majoring or minoring in mathematics or mathematics education, we will have several mathematics faculty available after the lecture who would be happy to discuss various options.