Have you ever heard of Fibonacci (“fib” + “uh” + “naa” + “chee”) numbers? You can learn about this and more mathematical concepts as University of Findlay celebrates Math Day on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This event is held annually to celebrate math by explaining some of its complexities and introducing new concepts in a compelling way.
This year’s event will feature nationally renowned mathematician Dr. Arthur Benjamin, also popularly known as the “Mathemagician,” who has given a number of popular TED talks. Benjamin will speak in the Alumni Memorial Union’s Multipurpose Room at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Benjamin’s goal is to teach math in interesting ways. He’s the type of speaker that can make numbers dance. “There are three reasons we learn math: calculation, application, and inspiration,” Benjamin said. “Yes, inspiration!”
In his day job, he’s a professor of math at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. When he’s not teaching, he’s talking in front of a different audience, usually in a tuxedo performing high-speed mental calculations, memorizations, and a variety of astounding math stunts.
For a preview of Benjamin’s approach to math, see the list of research talks on his website, which varies between high-level math and engaging math talks for the general public.
Learn more about University of Findlay’s Math Day event at https://www.findlay.edu/sciences/mathematics/math-day. For questions about Findlay’s Math Day event, contact Chandra Dinavahi, Ph.D., Chair of the Mathematics Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org.