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2018 Reid Lecture by Professor William Dunham

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2018 Reid Lecture

Speaker: Professor William Dunham, Mathematics Historian and Distinguished Author

Title: Your Humble Servant, Issac Newton

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Reception with light appetizers: 5:30 p.m.

Presentation: 6 p.m.-7p.m.

Where: USU Ballroom, Cal State San Marcos

Abstract: In the 20th century, Cambridge University Press published the complete letters of Isaac Newton. For this talk, I will share some of my favorite examples of Newton as a correspondent. From his earliest known letter (where he scolded a friend for being drunk), through exchanges with Leibniz, Locke, and others, and up to documents written when he ran the Mint in London, these writings give glimpses of Isaac Newton at his best … and his worst. In the process I shall discuss Newton’s first great mathematical discovery: his generalized binomial theorem and its use in approximating square roots. And I will end with Newton’s most famous letter and tell how my search for the original led me, improbably, to a library in Philadelphia.

Bio: William Dunham received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh (1969), followed by an M.S. (1970) and Ph.D. (1974) from The Ohio State University. Dunham has written four books on the history of mathematics: Journey Through Genius (1990), The Mathematical Universe (1994), Euler: The Master of Us All (1999), and The Calculus Gallery (2005). He recently co-edited, along with Don Albers and Jerry Alexanderson, an anthology titled The G. H. Hardy Reader. Dunham was the MAA’s George Pólya Lecturer from 2014 – 2016 and is featured in the Teaching Company’s DVD course, “Great Thinkers, Great Theorems.” After his retirement from a 22-year career as Koehler Professor of Mathematics at Muhlenberg College, Dunham has held visiting positions at Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania, and Bryn Mawr College. He is presently a Research Associate in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr.

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