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Math Across the Cannon

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Math Across the Cannon is an annual seminar series in collaboration with Carleton College which brings a prominent mathematician to Northfield to give an accessible talk at each college. This October 4th, the colleges welcome Satyan Devadoss, a professor of applied mathematics and computer science at the University of San Diego. All math-curious individuals are welcome to attend!

Unfolding Mysteries at Burning Man

Over 500 years ago, the Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer began exploring geometric mysteries related to unfolding boxes of all shapes and sizes. We discuss these simple puzzles, and play with some higher-dimensional versions, all of which inspired the creation of an interactive 2-ton artwork that was displayed at Burning Man, the world’s most influential sculpture showcase.

Carleton College. Olin 141. 3:00pm Reception. 3:30pm Talk.

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Mathematics and the Art of Being Human

Over the past century, mathematics has become increasingly valued in our technologically driven world. Unfortunately, this has come at a great cost, where we prioritize the sciences over the arts, digital over analog, and measurability over complexity. The effects of this have impacted all aspects of our lives, notably education at all levels. This talk offers a possible way to redeem our STEM obsessed world.

St. Olaf College. Viking Theater. 7:00pm Talk. 8:00pm Reception.

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Satyan Devadoss is the Fletcher Jones professor of applied mathematics and professor of computer science at the University of San Diego.  Before coming to California, he was a professor at Williams College for nearly 15 years, along with visiting positions at Ohio State, UC Berkeley, Harvey Mudd, and Stanford.  An inaugural fellow of the AMS and recipient of two national teaching awards from the MAA, his thoughts have appeared in venues such as NPR, the Times of London, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

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October 4
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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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