Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics Hosts MIT Professor

January 30, 2013
Gilbert Strang, Ph.D.

Gilbert Strang, Ph.D. photo credit to Andrew Fillmore

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 30, 2013) - Gilbert Strang, Ph.D., who has taught in Boston since he joined the mathematics faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962, will make two presentations in Waco as part of the Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics that begins Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.

Strang received his bachelor's and master's from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. After earning his Ph.D. from UCLA several years later, he began teaching at the MIT. His research interests include mathematical analysis, linear algebra and PDEs. He has authored textbooks on myriad subjects and sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Chauvenet Prize, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

"Gilbert Strang, one of the leading mathematicians of our time, has the unique ability to express in simple and uncomplicated terms both the importance and the beauty of mathematics," said Frank Mathis, Ph.D., professor of mathematics and associate dean for sciences in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences.

The first lecture, "Random Triangles and Mathematical Videos," will be presented at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, in Room D109 of the Baylor Sciences Building, 101 Bagby Ave. The second lecture is titled "Exponentials of Difference Matrices and Applications to Graphs" and will be given at 12 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, in Room 344 of the Sid Richardson Building, 1410 S. Fourth St.

For further information on the lecture series, click here.

by Brent Salter, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805
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