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Accidental Mathematics (Matt Stamps, Yale-NUs College)

March 6 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Abstract:  Growing up, I always loved learning about world-changing scientific breakthroughs that were discovered by accident.  Penicillin, artificial sweeteners, X-rays, and synthetic dyes are just a few of the discoveries that were stumbled upon by scientists who had other goals in mind.  More recently, I have come to wonder why anecdotes about accidental discoveries in mathematics are not as commonplace.  Is it a fundamental difference in they way mathematicians and natural scientists view their work?  Are such stories too contrary to the popular perception that success in mathematics is reserved for the genius of a select few?  Whatever the reason, I argue that mathematics happens accidentally all the time.  In this talk, I will describe two accidental discoveries from my own work involving Penrose tilings, circle packings, chordal graphs, lecture hall partitions, lattice polytopes, and polynomial rings.

Details

Date:
March 6
Time:
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Event Category:

Other

Speaker Name
Matt Stamps

Venue

Shanahan B460, Harvey Mudd College
301 Platt Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Details

Date:
March 6
Time:
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Event Category:

Other

Speaker Name
Matt Stamps

Venue

Shanahan B460, Harvey Mudd College
301 Platt Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
+ Google Map