Mathday will be held on Monday, March 21, 2016. The plenary speaker
will be Jack Lee, Professor of Mathematics, University of
Washington. He will speak on The Curvature of Space. Do you think that everything there is to know about geometry
was already discovered ages ago? Think again. Since the time
of Euclid, the history of geometry has been a dramatic saga that
your high-school teachers might not tell you about. It led, more
than a century ago, to the mind-bending mathematical discovery
that the three-dimensional space we live in might be "curved," in
much the same way as the two-dimensional surface of the earth
In this talk you'll have a chance to learn what it could possibly
mean mathematically for space to be curved, how we can detect
it, and the fascinating story of how we got from Euclid to here.
Along the way, you'll find out about "proofs" by professional
mathematicians that turned out to be wrong, a million-dollar prize
for solving a mathematical problem, and a mysterious modern-day
Russian mathematician who earned it but doesn't want it.
pdf slides from Jack's talk
power point slides from
There will be talks,
seminars, labs, and more activities from 10 am until noon and from
1:20 pm until 2:00 pm. A detailed schedule will be
Registration forms, which will include the schdedule of fees, are
now available. For additional information, contact:
Sherri Nielsen-Hazard | UW Conference Management & Academic Programs |
Educational Outreach | 206-616-1462 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shawn Baland, UW Mathematics, RSA Encryption: Can a Number Keep a Secret?
- Monty McGovern, UW Mathematics, Fibonacci, Rabbits, and Chinese Nim
- Paul Polson, Big Air Productions, "Calculating Patterns Used in
3D shapes" bigair
- Kristin DeVleming, To Infinity, and Beyond! slides.
- Jonah Ostroff, Mathematics, "A House Divided, the Problem of
- Annie Raymond, Mathematics, Math and Your Love Life
- Steve Klee, Seattle University, The Math Behind Why
Smart Phones (sometimes) do Silly Things
- Sara Billey, UW Math, Jigsaw Puzzlers' Delight slides.
- Jayadev Athreya, UW Math, Tiles, Rep-tiles, and Billiards
- Alex Chirvasitu, UW Math, How to Slice a Pizza Like a Mathematician
- Sam Burden, UW EE, Humans & Robots slides.
The following items are on the current schedule; more may be added.
Field Trips and Labs
- Applied Physics Lab
- Seismology Lab
- Luminescence Dating Lab
- Computer Science and Engineering Tours
- Mesa Math Olympiad
- Sage Computer Lab
- Paper folding and geometric models
- Career panel
- Undergraduate panel
- UW Admissions
- Boomerangs CANCELLED If you would like to make a donation to Mathday
in memory of Ernie Esser, who died suddenly on his way back from Europe to
give his annual Mathday talk "Why do Boomerangs Come Back", the link is
- Math'n Stuff -- mathematical games
- Luncheon Discussion for Teachers
- Mathematical Card Tricks
- How About Plasmas! slides
- Knights and Liars
- Mathematician Scavenger Hunt at the Mathematics Research Library
Here's a link to the UW Professional and Continuing Education: Mathday website. It includes registration information.
Wells Fargo and Boeing have generously
made a donation to support Mathday attendance
by schools with underrepresented populations. The deadline for
submitting requests is Friday, January 8, but we will consider
Mathday 2016 Sessions
Agenda of Volunteer Meeting
Mathday 2015 photos
Photos of Ernie Esser
Poster in memory of Ernie Esser.
photos of mathday 2014.
Photos of Mathday 2013
photos of mathday 2012