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G. Milton Wing Lectures

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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

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Professor Robert J. Lang
April 4-6, 2018


Professor Manuela Campanelli
Rochester Institute of Technology
March 5-7, 2018


Fall 2017

Professor Moon Duchin
Tufts University 
October 2 - 3, 2017


Spring 2017

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Professor Catherine Sulem, F.R.S.C
University of Toronto 
April 5 - 7, 2017


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Professor William Stein
University of Washington and SageMath, Inc.
February 8 - 10, 2017


Fall 2016

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Professor Emeritus Doris Schattschneider
Moravian College
November 20 – 22

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


Simon Levin
Princeton University
March 31 - April 1


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