Peter Engel Science Center
Saint John's University
Francis Edward Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is currently President of the Mathematical Association of America. His research is in geometric combinatorics and applications to the social sciences, and he has co-authored numerous papers with undergraduates. He has received multiple NSF research grants for his work. He also has a passion for teaching and popularizing mathematics. From the Mathematical Association of America, he received the 2001 Hasse Prize for expository writing, and the 2004 Alder Award and the 2013 Haimo Award for distinguished teaching. He authors the popular Math Fun Facts website and iPhone app. His hobbies include songwriting, gardening, photography, and theology. Just like mathematics, these are modes of creative expression that divinely blend structure and freedom, truth and beauty, reflection and action (image and biography from Francis Su's website, used with permission).
The Brouwer fixed point theorem is a beautiful and well-known theorem of topology that has a combinatorial analogue known as Sperner's lemma. There are also several other combinatorial analogues of topological theorems. In this talk, I will explain applications to problems of fair division, and trace recent connections and generalizations.
Cubes are one of the simplest geometric objects. Or are they? I will ask some basic questions that show how cubes are connected to many other mathematical ideas. Including pi? Some are recent discoveries by undergraduates.
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