Mathday, 2016

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 is curved. 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 Jack's talk

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 posted soon. 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 |


The following items are on the current schedule; more may be added.

Field Trips and Labs

Other Activities

Here's a link to the UW Professional and Continuing Education: Mathday website. It includes registration information.

Attendance Grant

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 late applications.

Scholarship Form

Volunteer Information

Mathday 2016 Sessions

Volunteer assignments

Visual assignments

Volunteer Instructions

Agenda of Volunteer Meeting


Mathday 2015 photos
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Poster in memory of Ernie Esser.
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