A mathematician and award-winning children’s book author will deliver a public lecture April 1 at Indiana University Bloomington.
Richard Evan Schwartz of Brown University will deliver the 2017 Einstein Public Lecture at 5:15 p.m. in Woodburn Hall, Room 100. The talk is aimed at math newcomers, experts and anyone with a love of numbers or interest in learning more about them.
“It is an honor to host this annual meeting and to welcome Professor Schwartz to campus for the Einstein Lecture,” said Elizabeth Housworth, professor and chair of the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Mathematics. “He has a true knack for facilitating the visualization of mathematical problems in geometry and dynamics – one that he also puts to use in his popular children’s books such as ‘You Can Count on Monsters,’ two copies of which (one for each child) grace my own bookcases.”
His Einstein Lecture will feature interactive visualizations that help people grasp problems in geometry and dynamics – as well as mathematics behind them – in a way that would be practically impossible using a pencil and paper.
He will also discuss how these tools can be used to perform rigorous but unconventional mathematical proofs that he describes as “a bit of a deal with the devil.”
The lecture title is “Modern scratch paper: Graphical explorations in geometry and dynamics.”
Schwartz is the Chancellor’s Professor of Mathematics at Brown University and an expert in a field of mathematics known as geometric group theory. He is also a Guggenheim fellow, a Clay Research Scholar and a Simons fellow. He holds a doctorate in mathematics from Princeton University.
The IU Bloomington previously hosted American Mathematical Society central sectional meetings in 2008 and 2003.