Prof. Birgit Kaufmann, a mathematical physicist from Purdue University, will tell us about "Geometry of the gyroid wire network." No math beyond calculus will be assumed. This is a fascinating minimal surface which appears in strange places in nature, like on the wings of butterflies. The gyroid is a fascinating triply periodic minimal surface embedded in R^3. It can be found in nature on the wings of certain bugs and butterflies and is responsible for giving them their vibrant color. It is possible to synthesize this structure in the lab on the nano-scale, and there is some hope that this may lead to increased effectiveness in solar cells.
Check out some photos from Loyola University Chicago Math Club's 3D printing event. The mathematics department has a 3D printer. You can use your laptop to make 3D-printable files yourself! Contact Dr. Emily Peters if you have questions on how to go about bringing your ideas to life!
How many ways can I juggle? How long has each ball been in the air? Dr. Peter Tingley asked our students these questions and later demonstrated juggling as a periodic sequence. Inspired by the talk, students tried testing out the theory for themselves, even some professors too. Here are some photos from Loyola University Chicago Math Club's Juggling event.
In case you missed Cathy O'Neil speak at the Water Tower Campus on Friday, October 13th, here is a link to her TED talk. Cathy O'Neil is the author of the New York Times bestselling Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, which was also a semifinalist for the National Book Award. She earned a Ph.D. in Math from Harvard, was a postdoctoral fellow in the MIT math department, and a professor at Barnard College where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She is a columnist for Bloomberg View.
Make sure and come and enjoy cookies and coffee (or tea!) with other friends of mathematics and statistics (as well as your professors)! Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm, IES 116, throughout the semester!
Calling all Graduate Students! The department is holding a brief orientation for our new graduate students. There will be a few words from our Graduate Program Directors, Dr. Rafal Goebel and Tim O'Brien around 2:00PM. Returning graduate students and all faculty are then welcome to join us at 2:30 p.m. for the first Math/Stat Tea.
At the close of the academic year, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics wishes to recognize all of our students' outstanding achievements, especially our graduates. Take a look at our departmental awardees as well as where our amazing graduates are going!