March 30, 92

Vol. 07 , No. 09   


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Can Mathematics Be Fun?
PAUL HALMOS
MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1992

The word mathematics usually conjures up frightful images-integrals, derivatives, geometrical proofs, and, worse yet, story problems. More often than not, math constitutes trial rather than triumph. All that is about to change. The Athenaeum welcomes Dr. Paul Halmos to tell us how math can be fun. He is the math department's contribution to the Academic Leaders series.

Dr. Halmos is especially interested in the mathematical fields of algebraic logic, probability, statistics, measure, and ergodic theory. He has published twelve books (if you don't count second editions or collections of articles) and over 120 articles. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Steele Prize from the American Mathematical Association, the Chauvenet Prize, and the Lester Ford Prize, twice, from the Mathematical Association of America. In addition he has been a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Halmos received his bachelor's degree, master's degree, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He has taught in Illinois, Syracuse, Chicago, Michigan, Indiana, and Santa Barbara. Currently he is a professor at Santa Clara University. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Tulane, Berkeley, the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Please join us for Dr. Halmos' presentation, "Can Mathematics Be Fun?" Return the enclosed reservation form if you want to join us for dinner at 6:00 and the preceding reception at 5:30. The talk will begin at 7:00.