PLUM 2016

Speaker: Chris Wiggins, Professor at Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University

September 20, 2016 (Tuesday), Physics 128, 4:30-5:30pm (Tea at 4pm Physics 101)

Title: Data Science @ The New York Times


Speaker: Eugenia Cheng, Author and Scientist In Residence at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

October 13, 2016 (Thursday), Physics 128, 4:30-5:30pm (Tea at 4pm Physics 101)

Title: How to Bake π, Making abstract mathematics palatable

Abstract: Mathematics can be tasty! It is a way of thinking, and not just about numbers. Through unexpectedly connected examples from music, juggling, and baking, I will show that math can be made fun and intriguing for all, through hands-on activities, examples that everyone can relate to, and funny stories. I'll present surprisingly high-level mathematics, including some advanced abstract algebra usually only seen by math majors and graduate students. There will be a distinct emphasis on edible examples.


Speaker: Tadashi Tokeida, Professor at Department of Mathematics, Stanford University

April 15, 2016 (Friday), Physics 128, 4:30-5:30pm (Tea at 4pm Physics 101)

Title: A world from a sheet of paper

Abstract: Take a sheet of paper. By folding, stacking, crumpling, tearing, we will tour a rich diversity of phenomena, from geometry and magic tricks to elasticity and the traditional Japanese art of origami. Much of the lecture consists of actual table-top demos, which you can try with family and friends. So then, take a sheet of paper.


Speaker: Mark Goresky, Member at School of Mathematics, Institute for Advanced Study

April 21, 2016 (Thursday), Physics 128, 4:30-5:30pm (Tea at 4pm Physics 101)

Title: A glamorous Hollywood star, a renegade composer, and the mathematical development of spread spectrum communications

Abstract: During World War II Hedy Lamarr, a striking Hollywood actress, together with George Antheil, a radical composer, invented and patented a secret signaling system for the remote control of torpedoes. The ideas in this patent have since developed into one of the ingredients in modern digital wireless communications. The unlikely biography of these two characters, along with some of the more modern developments in wireless communications will be described.