The second public lecture in the Presidential Dream course, Math 4513: Capstone, will take place on Monday, April 13th, 2015 in Nielsen Hall, Room 270. All welcome! The speaker is Dr. Benedict Gross, George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University.

# April is Math Awareness Month!

Mathematics is ubiquitous, it is everywhere, it is built into the fabric of the Universe and it is the language of the cosmic and of the quantum. Descending from these lofty words, it is also very useful; it can help you get a job.

Please celebrate Math Awareness Month by telling at least one friend one cool mathematical fact you learned on this blog.

# Emmy Noether’s 133rd birthday.

To do mathematics is hard enough, to do it well even harder, but to do it better than most and be discriminated against by a phalanx of morons for decades takes a special kind of toughness and mental acuity. Today we honor Amalie Emmy Noether, one of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century.

Emmy Noether fought persistent sexism to obtain a Ph.D in 1907 even though she was not allowed to take classes, nor draw a paycheck when she taught classes after her doctorate. Being Jewish she eventually fled the rising drumbeat of Nazism and arrived at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 1933. Tragically she died shortly after following medical complications. She was only 53.

Among her many accomplishments include significant contributions to algebraic invariants and number fields. A class of algebraic objects — Noetherian rings — are named after her. Her work on differential invariants in the calculus of variations leading to Noether’s theorem has been called, “one of the most important mathematical theorems ever proved in the development of modern physics”. You can find out more about her on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmy_Noether

Her many champions included Albert Einstein and David Hilbert. Today Google honors Emmy Noether with a doodle. Go check it out!

# Presidential Dream Course lecture: Dr. Peter Sarnak

We are honored to have Dr. Peter Sarnak from Princeton and the Institute for Advanced Study come to Norman to give a public lecture entitled, “Sums of Squares and Hilbert’s 11th Problem”.

When: Thursday, March 12th 2015, 4:30 pm

Where: Nielsen 270

Here is a bio of Dr. Sarnak:

# BP Trading Simulation, March 4th, 2015.

BP, the oil company, has other interests besides oil. They run a trading platform for which they are looking for students with strong analytical abilities, specifically students trained in mathematics, physics or engineering. This is a great opportunity to see what employment at this arm of the company is like, so be sure to come with a copy of your resume. There are even prizes for the top three finishers!

When: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015; 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Where: Adams Hall (Business College), first floor.

Contact: Adrienne Jablonski to sign up, Arts & Sciences (Ellison 234, ajablonski@ou.edu)