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Michigan Mathematics Bicentennial Lecture: Some Perspectives on Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
February 15, 2017 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
East Hall Auditorium
Professor Stephen Smale
Professor of Mathematics
University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1957
Fields Medal, International Mathematical Union, 1966
Member, National Academy of Sciences, 1970
National Medal of Science, 1996
Some Perspectives on Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
I would like to deal with the problem of being neither an applied mathematician nor a pure mathematician, yet feel that I am a mathematician. Historical examples such as Newton, von Neumann, Turing and Watson-Crick will be discussed. Also I will try to understand what I am doing now (mathematics?). I will go back to my Ann Arbor days 1948-1956 in these discussions.
A reception for Professor Smale will be held immediately following the lecture in the Mathematics Department second floor atrium.
Sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, the LSA Bicentennial Theme Semester
and the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics