Jesús A. De Loera will deliver the annual Bernard Society of Mathematics Lecture entitled “Helly’s Theorem: A Jewel of 20th Century Geometry”. De Loera, professor of mathematics and the graduate groups of applied mathematics and computer science at the University of California-Davis, will describe a masterpiece of geometry discovered by Eduard Helly in 1913. This result has since found applications in many areas, from optimization to data mining, computer vision and voting.
Professor De Loera will begin by explaining the basic geometry involved and will then proceed to a selection of lovely applications of Helly's theorem. Along the way he will discuss the fascinating human history of the subject. His talk will conclude with some surprising generalizations of the theorem.
Professor De Loera’s lecture is free and open to the public.
Knobloch Campus Center Alvarez- Smith 900 Room