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Public Invited to Attend Math Event
at UW-Eau Claire April 20-21

RELEASED: April 16, 2007

MAA logoEAU CLAIRE — The mathematics department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the 75th annual Mathematical Association of America Wisconsin Section Meeting on Friday and Saturday, April 20-21. The conference is open to the public.

Representatives of math departments from colleges and universities throughout Wisconsin will meet in Eau Claire to participate in more than 60 presentations and student activities including poster exhibits, an MAA book sale, competitions, a film showing and more.

The event will include a celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Leonhard Euler, generally regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. Euler (pronounced Oiler) was born in Basel, Switzerland, on April 15, 1707. Educated in Basel, Euler went on to positions at the St. Petersburg Academy in Russia and the Berlin Academy in Germany, where he built a mathematical legacy remarkable for its quantity, its variety, and its enduring significance. While contributing to all existing branches of the subject (and inventing a few others along the way), he published more than 25,000 pages of pure and applied mathematics — a record unlikely to be matched. A number of presentations will focus on Euler and his accomplishments.

Mathematicians from many Wisconsin colleges and universities will present talks on a wide variety of math and math-related topics, with titles ranging from "How the Irish Saved Graph Theory," to "A Case Study in Disease Ecology: Mathematical Modeling of Avian Flu," to "A Marvelously Terrible Algorithm from Leonhard Euler."

Invited speakers from outside Wisconsin include Michael Bleicher, Clark Atlanta University and emeritus professor of mathematics, UW-Madison, presenting "From Euler to Riemann Hypothesis"; Gail Burrill, Michigan State University, presenting "The Mathematical Knowledge Needed for Teaching at the Secondary Level: What is the Role of Mathematics Departments?"; and Martha Siegel, Towson University (Maryland) and MAA secretary, presenting "Applied Mathematics for Fun and Profit."

Dr. Simei Tong, conference coordinator, invites the Eau Claire community to take advantage of this event, which will run from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Registration begins at noon Friday on the second floor of Hibbard Hall. The registration fee for the public is $20.

And at 8:30 p.m. Friday, the film "The Great p - e Debate" will be shown in Room 102 of Hibbard Hall. Colin Adams and Thomas Garrity settle once and for all the burning question that has plagued humankind from time immemorial: Which is the better number, e or p.

For more information and a complete list of events, contact the UW-Eau Claire department of mathematics at 715-836-3301 or visit their Web site.

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