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Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series: Soap Bubbles and Mathematics, March 21

Darren O'Sullivan
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— On Wednesday, March 21, The Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series at Bard College will present a lecture, “Soap Bubbles and Mathematics,” by Frank Morgan, Webster Atwell '21 Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. Soap bubbles continue to fascinate and confound mathematicians. The show will include demonstrations, explanations, and prizes. No prerequisites are necessary. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 8 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center. Refreshments will be served. Frank Morgan studies optimal shapes and minimal surfaces. He has published over 100 articles and six books, including Calculus Lite and The Math Chat Book, which is based on his live, call-in TV show and column. He is founder of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) "SMALL" Undergraduate Research Project and inaugural winner of the Mathematical Association of America’s Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. His other books include Geometric Measure Theory, Riemannian Geometry: a Beginner's Guide, Real Analysis, and Real Analysis and Applications. Morgan went to MIT and Princeton, where his thesis advisor, Fred Almgren, introduced him to minimal surfaces. He then taught for ten years at MIT, where he served for three years as undergraduate mathematics chairman, received the Everett Moore Baker Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, and held the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair. For more information, call 845-758-7362. # # # (3.12.07)

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This event was last updated on 03-22-2007