# Kieval Lecture Series

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**VIRTUAL KIEVAL LECTURE SERIES**

# The Kieval Lecture is currently being rescheduled for 2022. Updates will be added here as they come available.

**UPDATE 3/4/2021 - Due to an unforeseen circumstance the lecture for today has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a future date. Professor Thurston sends his deepest apologies, and looks forward to rescheduling the event in the near future.**

The Kieval Lecture Series is funded through a bequest of the late Dr. Harry S. Kieval ’36, a longtime professor of mathematics at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, who died in 1994. In addition to this lecture series, his estate provides funding to Cornell University for a similar lecture in physics, as well as annual prizes awarded to outstanding seniors in both mathematics and physics.

**Current and Upcoming Lectures**

April 1st, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. - Due to an unforeseen circumstance the Kieval Lecture has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for a future date.

**Speaker: ****Dylan Thurston at Indiana University Bloomington, Professor of Mathematics**

Title: The wilds of the Mandelbrot set

Abstract: What is the simplest model of how a population evolves under time? And what does that have to do with complex numbers? We will investigate the mysterious depths of the Mandelbrot set, which controls the behavior of a wide variety of different systems. We will explore combinatorial models, and how you can use them to navigate your way around the set. To illustrate this, I quite like the image of the MandelMap. In particular, I'm going to start with the relation between the logistic map and the Mandelbrot set, laid out quite nicely in one part of the Logistic-Mandel poster (image pending).

Link to the talk is at 4:00 p.m. at https://cornell.zoom.us/j/94088278451?pwd=UElBM1hqYVZKakxjTGZ3WTY1RllYZz09

After the talk please join us in Gather.town at around 5:15 p.m. Gather.town is a virtual interactive online platform where we can meet, play some virtual games, share some Q&A, and more. Here is a .pdf document with directions to help get you started and assist you in navigating Gather.town if needed.

Please note that Gather.town is not supported on Safari, nor is it supported on mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.).

We look forward to seeing you.

If you need any accommodations or assistance with accessibility to participate in this event please contact Heather Peterson.

## Previous Lectures in the Series

Williams College**Pamela Harris,***Invisible Lattice Points*(October 2018)**Moon Duchin,**Tufts University*Political Geometry: Mathematical Interventions in Gerrymandering*(October 2017)**Frank Farris**, Santa Clara University*The Mathematics of SymmetryScapes*(September 2016)**Dror Bar-Natan**, University of Toronto*Knots in Three and Four Dimensions*(September 2015)**Arthur T. Benjamin**, Harvey Mudd College:*Secrets of Mental Math*(March 2013)**Richard Schwartz**, Brown University:*Shapes Emerging from Subdivisions of Triangles*(November 2011)**Peter Winkler**, Dartmouth College:*How Puzzles Reshape Our Intuition*(November 2010)**Keith Devlin**, Stanford University (executive director of the H-STAR Institute):*Using Mathematics to Solve Life's Mysteries*(September 2009)**Allen Knutson**, University of California at San Diego:*The Mathematics of Juggling*(October 2007)**Richard Hamilton**, Columbia University:*The Past and Future of Geometric Flows*(September 2007)**Persi Diaconis**, Stanford University:*Mathematics and Magic Tricks*(September 2005)**Jeff Weeks**, Topology and Geometry Software:*The Shape of Space*(April 2004)**Jordan Ellenberg**, Princeton University:*The Mathematics of Set -or- Everything I Know About Fourier Analysis I Learned from Playing Cards*(April 2002)

(sponsored by the Student Activities Finance Commission)**Richard Guy**, University of Calgary:*Fun from Mathematics & Mathematics from Fun*(November 2001)**Colin Adams**, Williams College:*Real Estate in Hyperbolic Space: Investment Opportunities in the Next Millenium*(September 2000)**Peter Sarnak**, Princeton University:*Hilbert's Eleventh Problem: Representing Integers by Quadratic Forms*(April 2000)

(sponsored by the Student Activities Finance Commission)**Joan Birman**, Columbia University:*Parametrizing Knots*(November 1999)**John Milnor**, SUNY Stony Brook:*Pasting Together Julia Sets*(October 1998)