Calendar of Events
Jack Gieseking Book Launch: "People, Place, Space Reader"
– 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room
Join Jack Gieseking, Bowdoin’s New Media and Data Visualization Specialist, at the launching of her book “The People, Place, and Space Reader". Edited by Dr. Gieseking and William Mangold, the book brings together the writings of scholars from a variety of fields to make sense of the ways we shape and inhabit our world. An essential resource for students of urban studies, geography, design, sociology, and anyone with an interest in the environment, this volume presents the most dynamic and critical understanding of space and place available.
Professor Matt Klingle will serve as interlocutor, facilitating a discussion of the book.
With a B.A. from Mt Holyoke, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from CUNY, Dr. Gieseking joined the faculty at Bowdoin in Fall 2013.
Sponsored by Bowdoin's Digital and Computational Studies Initiative.
Fermat's Last Theorem
– 9:00 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315
This lecture centers on the solution of Fermat's Last Theorem, a mathematical assertion from the 17th century that was established by modern methods twenty years ago after resisting the efforts of professional and amateur mathematicians for 350 years. It will explain the formulation of the problem and recapitulate the history leading up to the announcement of a solution by Andrew Wiles in 1993 and the final step of the proof by Richard Taylor and Andrew Wiles in 1994. Some of the new mathematical ideas used in the proof will be summarized at the end of the lecture.
Ken Ribet will present the Cecil T. and Marion C. Holmes Mathematics Lecture sponsored by the Mathematics Department.
Ribet is a member of the editorial boards of several book series and research journals. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2000. He was awarded the Fermat Prize in 1989 and received an honorary PhD from Brown University in 1998. Ribet was inducted as a Vigneron d'honneur by the Jurade de Saint Emilion in 1988. He received his department's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1985.
Dynamical Models of Locomotion
– 1:30 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315
Dynamical systems theory uses normal forms as simple models for empirical observations. This lecture focuses upon stable limit cycles as models of animal locomotion. Utilizing motion capture data of running cockroaches and people and flying fruit flies and mosquitoes, we test the anchors and templates hypotheses formulated by Full and collaborators. These hypotheses propose that animals have evolved so that their motion resembles a low dimensional dynamical system, and that control is based upon a small number of quantities. This lecture will introduce these hypotheses and reformulate them as a statement about the motion of a dynamical system near a periodic orbit. It will then describe the strategy we developed to analyze motion capture data from this perspective. We end with new questions about stochastic perturbations and data driven models of dynamical systems.
John Guckenheimer, Abram R. Bullis Professor in Mathematics, Cornell University, will present the Dan E. Christie Mathematics Lecture. Lecture is sponsored by the Mathematics Department and Digital and Computational Studies.
John Guckenheimer started his career in pure mathematics, and is now one of the leaders of applied dynamical systems. Last year, he and co-author Phil Holmes were awarded the AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition for their 1983 book, Nonlinear Oscillations, Dynamical Systems, and Bifurcations of Vector Fields (Springer-Verlag). John is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Mathematical Society, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, where he served as president in 1997-98. His research encompasses mathematical biology, systems with multiple time scales, and computational algorithms.
This lecture integrates mathematics, biology, and digital and computational ways of thinking.
Ryan Cordell Lecture "Viral Texts and the Technologies of Authorship"
– 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge
Ryan Cordell will draw on the Viral Texts project at Northeastern University (http://www.viraltexts.org) to demonstrate how computational methods such as text mining, mapping, and network analysis can illuminate nineteenth-century systems of circulation, reprinting, and remediation systemically and at scale. Dr. Cordell’s project focuses on the viral culture that enlivened nineteenth-century periodical production, distribution, and consumption. Though the term “viral culture” is new, many of the practices it describes—especially the sharing, remixing, and repurposing of cultural materials—emerged long before the twenty-first century.
Ryan Cordell is Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern University and Core Founding Faculty Member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. His scholarship focuses on convergences among literary, periodical, and religious culture in antebellum American mass media.
This lecture is underwritten by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
3rd Digital Computational Studies Initiative Hackathon
– 11:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Room 304 (North)
Hack much? Well, now you can. Come start work on a project, learn a new coding language, visualize data, or how to protect your online privacy. DCSI students and hackers from Code4Maine will be there!
Therapy Dogs in the Library
– 8:00 PM
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Chandler Room
Stressed out? Therapy Dogs will be here to help! Monday, December 15, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm H-L Library will again host the heroic therapy dogs, known to help stressed-out students calm down and feel better. Dogs are courtesy of Casco Bay Dog Training Club and Positively Best Friends Dog Training LLC. To learn more, visit their websites at cascobaydogtraining.com and positivelybestfriends.com.