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Colloquium: Barry Simon (Cal Tech)

Title: Tales of Our Forefathers

Abstract: This is not a mathematics talk but it is a talk for mathematicians. Too often, we think of historical mathematicians as only names assigned to theorems. With vignettes and anecdotes, I’ll convince you they were also human beings and that, as the Chinese say, “May you live in interesting times” really is a curse.

Time: Nov 14th 4:00-5:00PM 3106 JKB

Annual Math Alumni Tailgate Party

The Math Department is pleased to host the Annual Math Alumni Tailgate Party on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm in room 3222 of the Wilkinson Center. This is a fun event to enjoy a catered dinner together and visit before the Homecoming football game. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP for the event — 
Homecoming Football Game and other events: link to 
Be part of the throng of thousands to support the Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium as they face the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Purchase tickets at
Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM

To Be Or Not To Be: Math Major Info Session

Choosing a major is tough.  BYU’s wide variety of options can be a bit overwhelming, and gathering information on each one can feel virtually impossible.

The Math Department wants to do everything possible to make this selection process easier for students.  If you have ever had any interest in mathematics, or maybe you just did really well in a math class, you are invited to attend an info session about the Mathematics degree on Thursday, Sept 22nd at 5:00pm .  The meeting is intended to provide all the basic information you need to know about being a mathematics major or minor.  In addition, there will be a discussion on all the different career options you would have with a degree in mathematics.  A question and answer session after the general presentation will follow.

If a successful future in mathematics is not enough to convince someone to attend the info session, pizza may do the trick.  Free pizza will be provided for all who attend.  So if you have an interest in mathematics, and have friends who also enjoy math and free food, then come and join us!

Congratulations 2016 Graduates!

Good luck to all of our new Math Department graduates! Following is a schedule of the April 2016 Graduation Ceremonies.
3:00 pm Graduates assemble for the academic procession
3:15 pm Family & friends to be seated in the Marriott Center
3:15 pm Academic procession departs from the ASB
4:00 – 5:30 pm University Commencement Services in the Marriott Center
8:00 am Physical & Mathematical Sciences Convocation. Meet 30 minutes before in the Garden Court of the Wilkinson Student Center. Convocation is in the Wilkinson Ballroom.

It’s Coming, March 14th Pi Day

Volunteer for Pi Day to get a Free T-Shrirt

Colluquium 3D Printed Mathematical Models

Skyler Simmons

Brigham Young University
Recently, 3D-printing technology has become more affordable and consumer-friendly. As a consequence, its applications have become more varied and widespread, including art and medicine. In mathematics, this technology has applications for both teaching and research. In this talk, I will share some of my experiences with 3D-printing. I will also outline the 3D-printing process, as well as some programs and techniques you can use to create your own mathematical models. This talk will be accessible and interesting to both students and faculty alike.
Thursday — February 18, 2016

4 pm 1170 TMCB

Refreshments at 3:30

Everyone Welcome!

Focus on Math Annalisa Crannell Franklin & Marshal College

Those of us who teach projective geometry often nod to perspective art as the spark from which projective geometry caught fire and grew. This talk looks directly at projective geometry as a tool to illuminate the workings of perspective artists. We will particularly shine the light on Desargues’ triangle theorem (which says that any pair of triangles that is perspective from a point is per-spective from a line), together with an even simpler theorem (you have to see it to believe it!).
Given any convoluted, complicated polygonal object, these theorems allow us to draw that object together with something that is related to it— its shadow, reflection, or other rigid symme-
tries—and we’ll show how this works. (If you enjoy doodling or sketching, bring your pencil, a good eraser, and a straightedge.)
ANNALISA CRANNELL – FRANKLIN & MARSHAL COLLEGE 4 pm – 1170 TMCB – Tuesday, February 9 – Lite Refreshments Provided

Math Major Winter Social

Come to the math major winter social on January 22nd from 5:30 to 7:00pm in the Math Lab. Enjoy Pizza, Cookies, Games and fun.