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The 8th Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture will be given on Friday, October 10, 2014 by Professor Colin Adams from Williams College

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About the Speaker

Colin C. Adams is a Thomas T. Read Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. Dr. Adams is particularly interested in the mathematical theory of knots, their applications and their connections with hyperbolic geometry. He is the author of "The Knot Book", an elementary introduction to the mathematical theory of knots and co-author with Joel Hass and Abigail Thompson of "How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide", and "How to Ace the Rest of Calculus: the Streetwise Guide", humorous supplements to calculus.

Having authored a variety of research articles on knot theory and hyperbolic 3-manifolds, he is also known for giving mathematical lectures in the guise of Mel Slugbate, a sleazy real estate agent. A recipient of the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Distinguished Teaching Award from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in 1998, he was a Polya Lecturer for the MAA for 1998-2000 and is a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer for 2000-2002. In 2012 Colin Adams became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He is also the author of mathematical humor column called "Mathematically Bent" which appears in the Mathematical Intelligencer.

Colin Adams

The Pi Mu Epsilon lecture series is made possible through the support of the UNL Mathematics Department, the Nebraska Alpha Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon and the Nebraska Math Scholars program.

For more information contact Daniel Toundykov

Complete Listing of Pi Mu Epsilon Lecturers

Year Speaker Institution
2013 Suzanne Lenhart University of Tennessee
2012 Michael Parks Sandia National Laboratories
2011 Paul Zorn Saint Olaf College
2010 James A. Sellers Penn State University
2009 (fall) Andrew F. Rich Manchester College (North Manchester, Indiana)
2009 (spring) Gwen Fisher Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
2008 David M. Bressoud Macalester