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Math Coffees
Math Coffees are weekly meetings of students and faculty to
hear a local or visiting speaker.
Check here frequently for updates!


Hunter K. Monroe, DC '84, Senior Economist, IMF
Cancellation and the P versus NP Question
Or How to Win a Million Dollars with Pencil and Paper
3:30 p.m., Friday, April 23,
Chambers 2130


The talk, accessible to nonmajors, will examine
attempts that have been made to answer the unsolved P versus NP problem,
for which there is a prize of one million U.S. dollars from the Clay
Mathematics Institute. An answer to the P versus NP question, which asks
whether it is harder to find a proof than to check it, would have
implications for the intractability of thousands of problems in many
fields, ranging from cryptography (i.e. whether it is safe to give your
credit card on the Internet) to protein folding. The talk, to honor the
retirement of Dr. Richie King, will include a new result on when
cancellation is useful, and some observations on how the P versus NP
question might be answered.



MAT 118 Poster Session
Exploring Mathematical Ideas
1:30 p.m.2:30 p.m., Monday, April 26,
Common space outside the Math Offices, 3rd floor, North Chambers


Explore with the students from Dr. Neidinger's
Mathematics 118 class, Exploring Mathematical Ideas.

Spring 2004 Math Coffee Schedule
(click on an image at the left to view the Math Coffee announcement)


February 12
45 p.m.

Prof. Tim Chartier
Mathematical Art: the art of raytracing


February 19
45 p.m.

Dr. Van Emden Henson, Center for Applied Scientific Computing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory:
A Big Kid's Playground: What Can You Do With Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, and Thousands of Processors?


February 26
45 p.m.

Davidson College Mathematical Modeling Class
A Faster QuickPass System


March 12
3:304:30 p.m.

Prof. Adrian Rice, RandolphMacon College
Alice in Numberland: Mathematics in the Writings of Lewis Carroll


March 23
45 p.m.

Prof. Rob Harger, High Point University
A Couple of Problems from Senior Seminar


April 1
7:30 p.m.

Joe Rusinko, DC '01 & University of Georgia
A Fool's Search


April 8
7:30 p.m.

Grey Wicker, DC '04
Seeing Outside the Trap


April 18
7:30 p.m.

Prof. Michael Starbird, University of Texas at Austin
Cutting Cake for Greedy People


April 23
3:30 p.m.

Hunter K. Monroe, DC '84, Senior Economist, IMF
Cancellation and the P versus NP Question
Or How to Win a Million Dollars with Pencil and Paper


April 26
1:30 p.m.

MAT 118 Students
Exploring Mathematical Ideas Poster Session

Fall 2003 Math Coffee Schedule


September 4
45 p.m.

Kristen Nickel, DC '04
Purity, Mathematics, and Budapest (Tisztasag, Matematika, es Budapest)


September 11
45 p.m.

Alex Sibley, DC '04
Lyapunov Exponent Pictures of Composite Functions


September 18
45 p.m.

Prof. Larry Ligo, Davidson College Art Department
Gaining Perspective: The Influence of Mathematics and Science in Art


September 25
45 p.m.

Andy Shultz, DC '01 & Stanford University
Mathematical Evolution: a Tour through Paradox


October 9
45 p.m.

Prof. Rudy Horne, UNCChapel Hill
An Introduction to Optical Fibers: Light Pulse Interactions


October 16
8 p.m.
Bernard Lecture

Prof. Edward Scheinerman, Johns Hopkins University
Mathematics Through Games


October 23
7:308:30 p.m.

Prof. Heyer's MAT 340, Probability, class
Perplexing Probability Problems
A mathodrama in three acts


October 30
45 p.m.

Prof. Michael Mossinghoff, Davidson College
STOP! Are Regular Octagons Optimal?


November 6
45 p.m.

Prof. Ron Taylor, Berry College
The Difference Between a Small Infinity and a Big Zero


November 13
7:308:30 p.m.

Math and Games


November 20
4:005:00 p.m.

Prof. Eric Marland, Appalachian State University
Estimating Carbon Sequestration
(Jointly sponsored with the Biology Department)

[Math Coffees for academic year 20022003]
