Bernard Lecture

The annual Bernard Lectureship features a prominent authority on mathematics or computer science who engages members of the college community, including students, faculty, alumni, and the general public, in discussions and lectures.

2016 Lecture

Ronald J. Gould
Goodrich C. White Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Emory University
Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

Ronald Gould will deliver the annual Bernard Society of Mathematics Lecture entitled "Some Unusual Applications of Mathematics." We have all seen many applications of mathematics in our classes. These applications are usually in the areas of physics, chemistry, biology, economics, or some other academic study. In this talk we will consider several more unusual applications of mathematics. The goal is to show you that knowing a little math can be an advantage in life and that, if you just look for them, there are applications of math all around us. Hopefully you will see that some of these applications can be fun.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Previous Lectures

2015 - Professor Susan Loepp
Williams College ("Protecting Your Personal Information: An Introduction to Encryption")

2014 - Professor Jesús De Loera
University of California (The combinatorial structure of convex polytopes)

2013 - Professor Emeritus Larry Baggett
University of Colorado Boulder ("In the Dark on the Sunny Side: A Memoir of an Out-of-Sight Mathematician")

2012 - Professor Paul Edelman
Vanderbilt University ("Mathematics and the Law: The Apportionment of the House of Representatives")

2011 - Professor Sue Whitesides
University of Victoria ("At the crossroads of geometry, discrete mathematics, and algorithm design")

2010 - Professor Manjul Bhargava
Princeton University ("Linguistics, Poetry, and Mathematics")

2009 - Professor Joseph Gallian
University of Minnesota Duluth ("Using Mathematics to Create Symmetry Patterns")

2008 - Professor Keith Devlin
Stanford University ("When Mathematics Changed the World")

2007 - Professor Francis Edward Su
Harvey Mudd College ("Preference Sets, Graphs, and Voting in Agreeable Societies")

2006 - Professor Jeffrey Lagarias
University of Michigan ("Mathematical Crystals and Quasicrystals")

2005 - Professor Ronald Graham
University of California, San Diego ("Searching for the Shortest Network")

2004 - Professor Georgia Benkart
University of Wisconsin ("Ladies of the Ring: A Tale of Two Women and Their Mathematics")

2003 - Professor Edward Scheinerman
Johns Hopkins University ("Mathematics Through Games")

2002 - Professor Underwood Dudley
DePauw University ("Why Teach Mathematics?")

2001 - Professor Emeritus Carl Pomerance
University of Georgia & Bell Laboratories ("Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Paul Erdos, and Me")

2000 - Professor Lenore Blum
Carnegie Mellon University ("Complexity and Real Computation--Where Turing Meets Newton")

1999 - Dr. William R. Pulleyblank
Director of Mathematical Sciences in IBM's Research Division and Director of the IBM Deep Computing Institute ("Duality and Mathematical Optimization")

1998 - Professor Maynard Thompson
Indiana University ("Stratified Population Models and Applications in Ecology")

1997 - Professor David Bressoud
Macalester College ("Alternating Sign Matrix Conjecture")

1996 - Professor Robert Bryant
Duke University ("The Notions of Area and Volume and Geometry: From the Greeks to the Moderns")

1995 - Professor William Dunham
Muhlenberg College ("A Tribute to Euler"), author of Journey Through Genius, The Mathematical Universe, and Euler: Master of Us All

1994 - Professor Robert Devaney
Boston University ("The Fractal Geometry of the Mandelbrot Set")

1993 - Professor Brian White
Stanford University ("On Beyond Infinity")

1992 - Professor Victor Klee
The University of Washington, Seattle ("Some Unsolved Problems in Intuitive Geometry")