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50 Centuries in 50 Minutes

Date: 
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

 

50 Centuries in 50 Minutes

A presentation by Rich Beveridge

Columbia Hall, Room 219

Rich presents a quick overview of the history of mathematics from the development of early number systems to the ground-braking 20th century work of Benoit Mandelbrot.  See how the "greatest hits" of the Greeks and the influence of Hindu, Jain, and Arab mathematicians led to the transmission of important mathematical ideas and techniques to Europeans through Fibonacci's Liber Abaci in 1202.  The Italians of the 1500's, the French of the 1600's, Newton and Leibniz, Euler, Gauss, Cantor, Godel, and Mandelbrot - the giants of math - are all here.

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