Baylor Professor Ed Burger Will Present Inaugural B.U.R.S.T. Lecture

Feb. 8, 2012
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Dr. Ed Burger, visiting professor of mathematics and vice provost for strategic educational initiatives at Baylor University, will present his lecture “Zero to Infinity: Great Moments in the History of Numbers” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in room B110 of the Baylor Sciences Building on the Baylor campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be hosted by the student organization B.U.R.S.T. (Baylor Undergraduate Research in Science and Technology).

Winner of the 2010 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching at Baylor, Burger will discuss the history of numbers and trace their development from tools used by ancient shepherds to drivers of the digital age.

Burger, who also is professor of mathematics and Lissack Professor for Social Responsibility and Personal Ethics at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., is the author of more than 30 research articles, 12 books and 15 video series. He holds a number of awards, including the 2000 Northeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Award for Distinguished Teaching and the 2001 MAA Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo National Award for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics. In 2006, Reader’s Digest listed Burger in their annual “100 Best of America” as America’s best math teacher. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College in 1985 and his doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990.

B.U.R.S.T. is a new undergraduate student organization at Baylor that focuses on providing information and opportunities for students to enhance their undergraduate research experience through lectures and workshops that provide insight into research methodology and principles, as well as opportunities to participate in the edification and publication of scholarly articles.

For more information, watch the event̢۪s promotional video or contact the Baylor department of mathematics at (254) 710-3561.

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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