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R. Kent Nagle

The R. Kent Nagle Lecture Series

The Nagle Lecture Series (NLS) was established in honor of the late R. Kent Nagle, a mathematician deeply interested not only in mathematics in itself, but also in mathematics education and the impact of mathematics on society.

In this spirit, the NLS has invited world-renowned scholars to speak on such matters in lectures designed for the general public.

Next Lecture: March 12, 2020
Note: This lecture has been CANCELLED.

Previous Nagle Lecturers

Here is a list of the Nagle Lecturers, including their affiliation when they delivered their address, and the title and date of their lecture, in reverse chronological order:

  • Peter Kuchment, University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Texas A&M University
    • Our Mathematical Universe: The Mysterious Power of Mathematics
    • April 4, 2019
  • Colin Adams, Thomas J. Read Professor of Mathematics at Williams College
    • Blown Away: What Knot to do When Sailing
    • April 12, 2018
  • Michele Mosca, co-founder of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo
    • Cybersecurity and the Quantum Era
    • April 6, 2017
  • Ken Ono, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory University
    • Ramanujan: The Inspirational Story and a Glimpse of his Mathematics
    • March 10, 2016
  • Robert W. Ghrist, Andrea Mitchell Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania
    • Applied Topology
    • March 12, 2015
  • Charles R. Keeton, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University
    • A Ray of Light in a Sea of Dark (Matter)
    • April 3, 2014
  • Erez Lieberman Aiden, Harvard Society of Fellows and Visiting Faculty at Google
    • How the Human Genome Folds
    • April 18, 2012
  • Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Calgary, Canada
    • Plants, Computers and Math
    • April 7, 2011
  • Arlie O. Petters, Benjamin Powell Professor and Professor of Mathematics, Physics, and Business Administration at Duke University
  • John H. Conway, von Neumann Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University
    • From Topology to Symmetry
    • November 1, 2007
  • Fang-Hua Lin, Silver Professor of Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University
    • Problems for the Millennium: The Navier-Stokes Equations
    • March 29, 2007
  • Louis H. Kauffman, Professor of Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Unknots, Collapsing Tangles and DNA Recombination
    • February 16, 2006
  • Andrew M. Odlyzko, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota
    • Cybersecurity, Mathematics, and Limits on Technology
    • February 24, 2005
  • F. Alberto Grünbaum, Professor of Mathematics at UC Berkeley
    • Mathematics in Medical Imaging: the Present and the Future
    • November 1, 2001
  • A. K. Dewdney, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo
    • Do Aliens Do Math?
    • October 12, 2000
  • Jerrold E. Marsden, Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems at the California Institute of Technology
    • Dynamical Systems and Space Mission Design
    • March 9, 2000
  • Simon A. Levin, George Moffett Professor of Biology at Princeton University
    • The Rise and Fall of Biodiversity
    • January 21, 1999
  • Joseph B. Keller, Professor of Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering (Emeritus) at Stanford University
    • Mathematics of Games and Sports
    • November 5, 1998
  • Steven G. Krantz, Professor of Mathematics at Washington University
    • Contemporary Issues in Mathematics Education
    • March 19, 1998
  • Arjen Lenstra, Corporate Technology Office of Citibank
    • Securing the Net: The Fruits of Incompetence
    • October 23, 1997
  • Persi Diaconis, Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University
    • Mathematics and Magic Tricks
    • March 20, 1997
  • Robert Devaney, Professor of Mathematics at Boston University
    • Chaos, Fractals, and Dynamics
    • February 13, 1997
  • George E. Andrews, Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University
    • Ramanujan, Sums, and the Lost Notebook
    • November 14, 1996
  • Peter Borwein, Professor of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University
    • Mathematics in the Presence of Computers: The Rapidly Changing Face of Pure Mathematics
    • October 17, 1996
  • Harold Stevenson, Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan
    • Asia's Young Achievers in Mathematics
    • September 19, 1996