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William Dunham headlines 2010 Undergraduate Lecture Series

Oct. 9, 2010

Professor William Dunham, Truman Koehler Professor of Mathematics at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, was the lecturer in the third annual Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics. These lectures took place October 18-19, 2010.

William Dunham
William Dunham

William Dunham received his B.S. (1969) from the University of Pittsburgh and his M.S. (1970) and Ph.D. (1974) from Ohio State.

Dunham has directed NEH-funded seminars on math history at Ohio State and has spoken on historical topics at the Smithsonian Institution, on NPR's "Talk of the Nation: Science Friday," and on the BBC. In 2008, as a Visiting Professor at Harvard University, he taught a course on the mathematics of Leonhard Euler.

Professor Dunham is both a popular lecturer and prolific author on the subject of the history of mathematics. He has written five best-selling books on this subject. In the 1990s, Dunham wrote three books - Journey Through Genius (1990), The Mathematical Universe (1994), and Euler: The Master of Us All (1999) - and in the present century he has done two more: The Calculus Gallery: Masterpieces from Newton to Lebesgue (2005) and The Genius of Euler: Reflections on His Life and Work (2007). Dunham's expository writing has been recognized by the MAA with the George Pólya Award in 1993, the Trevor Evans Award in 1997 and 2008, the Lester R. Ford Award in 2006, and the Beckenbach Prize in 2008. The Association of American Publishers designated The Mathematical Universe as the Best Mathematics Book of 1994.

The titles of Professor Dunham's lectures were Newton and Leibniz: Mathematicians at War, his public lecture, and Euler's Amicable Numbers, his colloquium lecture aimed at both mathematics majors and minors. For further information on Professor Dunham and his visit, please click on the link Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics.