# News & Events

## G. Milton Wing Lectures

### About the Lectures

The George Milton Wing lectures present topics in mathematics of interest to the larger scientific community and to the general public. Read more >

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### Spring 2018

**Professor Robert J. Lang**

April 4-6, 2018

- From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Modern Science of Origami (Public Lecture)
- Microscopic to Monumental: Origami in Wood, Bronze, and Steel (Public Lecture)
- Mathematical Algorithms for Origami Design (more specialized)

**Professor Manuela Campanelli**

Rochester Institute of Technology

March 5-7, 2018

- Thunder and Lightning from Cosmic Titans in the Era of Multi-Messenger Astronomy (Public Lecture)
- Getting the Thunderstorm Right: Solving Einstein’s Equations with Numerical Relativity
- Computing the Lightning from Massive Black Hole Mergers

### Fall 2017

**Professor Moon Duchin**

Tufts University

October 2 - 3, 2017

- What do shapes have to do with fair voting? (Public lecture)
- Sprawl and other dispersion metrics
- Can you hear the shape of a billiard table?

### Spring 2017

**Professor Catherine Sulem, F.R.S.C**

University of Toronto

April 5 - 7, 2017

- The dynamics of ocean waves (Public lecture)
- Nonlinear Waves: solitons and self-focusing
- Surface water waves over a varying bottom

**Professor William Stein**

University of Washington and SageMath, Inc.

February 8 - 10, 2017

- Teaching classes and doing research with collaborative web-based open-source software
- Developing open-source mathematical software as an academic: SageMath
- The Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture and the Riemann hypothesis: Computing with number theoretic objects

### Fall 2016

**Professor Emeritus Doris Schattschneider**

Moravian College

November 20 – 22

- Mathematics and the Art of M. C. Escher

References (PDF) - Lessons in Duality and Symmetry from M. C. Escher

References (PDF) - Escher’s Combinatorial Patterns

References (PDF)

The *Escher exhibition* at the Memorial Art Gallery runs from Nov 13 through January 29.

### Spring 2016

**Donald Saari**

University of California at Irvine

April 19 - 20

- It’s an Election Year! But Will Voters Elect Whom They Want?
- Mathematics and the Dark Mattery Mystery

**Simon Levin**

Princeton University

March 31 - April 1

- Cooperation in the Global Commons
- Collective Phenomena, Collective Motion, and Scaling in Ecological Systems

### Fall 2015

**Lani Wu and Steven Altschuler**

University of California, San Francisco

October 22 - 23

- Symmetry Breaking in Yeast: Can Mathematics Provide Novel Biological Insights?
- Cellular Heterogeneity: Differences That Make a Difference in Cancer and Drug Treatment

**Kevin Short**

University of New Hampshire

October 7 - 8

- The Math Behind the Music
- Cupolets in Chaos, Not Verse

### Spring 2015

**Bernd Sturmfels**

University of California, Berkeley

April 8 - 10

- Tropical Mathematics
- Beyond Linear Algebra
- Exponential Varieties

**Jesse Johnson**

Google, Inc. and Oklahoma State University

March 25 - 27

- Hidden Geometry in Modern (Big) Data Analysis
- From Discrete to Continuous: Inferring Scale and Topology
- Applying Geometric Intuition to Data Analysis

### Fall 2014

**Susan Landau**

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

October 22 - 24

- What’s Significant in the NSA Revelations
- Cryptography and Privacy — and the Role for Mathematicians

**Lawrence Washington**

University of Maryland

September 30 - October 2

- Cannonballs, Donuts, and Secrets: An Introduction to Elliptic Curve Cryptography
- Manipulating Encrypted Data
- The Mathematics behind Quantum Computing

### Spring 2014

**Hubert Bray**

Duke University

April 23 - 25

- From Pythagoras to Einstein: The Geometry of Space and Time
- On Dark Matter, Galaxies, and the Large-Scale Geometry of the Universe
- Black Holes and the Monotonicity of the Hawking Mass for Time Flat Surfaces

**Leon Glass**

McGill University

April 2 - 4

- Chaotic Music and Fractal Art: A Glimpse into the Neurophysiology of Aesthetics
- Dynamical Disease: From Theory to Practical Applications
- Evolution and Robustness in Gene Networks

### Fall 2013

**Gilbert Strang**

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

October 14 - 15

- Online Instruction and Random Triangles
- Tridiagonal Matrices : Their Exponentials and Completions

**Ken Golden**

University of Utah

September 26 - 27

- Mathematics and the melting polar ice caps
- Homogenization for Sea Ice

### Spring 2013

**Mauro Maggioni**

Duke University

April 17 - 18

- Geometry and Analysis of High-Dimensional Data
- Multiscale Methods for High-Dimensional Data and Graphs

**Gunnar Carlsson**

Stanford University

March 21 - 22

- The Shape of Data
- Persistent Homology with Examples
- Generalized Persistence and Mapping Data

### Fall 2012

**Tony DeRose**

Pixar Animation Studios

October 3 - 4

- How Mathematics Has Changed Hollywood
- Wavelets in Computer Graphics

### Spring 2012

**Adrien Treuille**

Carnegie Mellon University

March 7 - 8

- Interactive Biology
- New Approaches to Modeling and Control of Complex Dynamics

### Fall 2009

**Robert Ghrist**

University of Pennsylvania

October 21 - 23

- Mathematical Sensors
- Euler Calculus for Data
- Algebraic Topology in the Engineering Sciences