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February 27 Public Lecture—Mathematical Achievements in China, India, and the West

Award-winning mathematician David Mumford will present the third lecture in the IMA's 2012–2013 Public Lecture Series.

Mumford, professor emeritus in the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University, has predominantly worked in the field of algebraic geometry and is a leader in the field of pattern theory. Mumford was awarded a Fields Medal (1974), the Shaw Prize (2006), the Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition (2007), Wolf Prize (2008), and the National Medal of Science (2010).

During his lecture, Mumford will present a series of vignettes of actual math from Babylon, Vedic India, Han China, Baghdad, and Kerala (India) to illustrate how rich the full picture of mathematical origins is and how the idiosyncrasies of each culture profoundly altered the math they developed.

His lecture will also cover what was unique to the math of ancient Greek culture, and why, finally, math exploded in 17th century Europe.

Join the IMA at 175 Willey Hall, 225 19th Ave. S., West Bank, University of Minnesota campus, on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at 7 p.m. for this informative lecture.

More information is available on the IMA’s website at www.ima.umn.edu/public-lecture.