Mathematics Awareness Month Public Lecture Series

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Mathematics Awareness Month is held each year in April. Its goal is to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics. To that end Cornell's Department of Mathematics sponsors an annual public lecture. To learn more about Mathematics Awareness Month and its history, visit

April 2021 Virtual Math Awareness Month Public Lecture

Date & Time:  Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Title:  The Meanings of Mathematics Illustrations

Speaker:  Robert Ghrist (University of Pennsylvania)

Description:  Proper mathematical illustration and animation withstand multiple layers of meaning. This talk will be an extended exploration of what constitutes meaningful mathematical illustration, with commentary on technique, pedagogy, and allegory. Examples from calculus, dynamical systems, topology, geometry, and more will be the principal players, with supporting characters from art, literature, and mythology.

Zoom Link: (pwd=UElBM1hqYVZKakxjTGZ3WTY1RllYZz09)

Previous Lectures in the Series

  • David Swart,  Mathematical Artist
    The Delightful Geometry of Soccer Balls (2019)
    The speaker's slide presentation is available. Notes: *Some of the images are not David's (those are tagged with image credit.) *Anyone may use any of David's figures, just please give him image credit (image rights are not granted for commercial purposes.)
  • Bobby Kleinberg, Cornell University
    Card Games, Inevitable Patterns, and Computation (2018)
    A full video recording of Prof. Bobby Kleinberg's talk is available via video on demand.
  • Alberto A. Martínez, University of Texas at Austin
    Pythagoras and Other Fictions: Do we need them in math? (2017)
  • Lionel Levine, Cornell University
    The Future of Prediction (2016) 
  • David S. Ross, Rochester Institute of Technology
    Careers in Math: What They Are, What They Should Be (2015)
  • John Maceli, Ithaca College:
    What is Mathematical Magic? (2014)
  • David Shmoys, Cornell University:
    Computational Sustainability: An algorithmic lens for better decision-making (2013)
  • Paul Velleman, Cornell University:
    Surfng the Data Deluge (2012)
  • John Hubbard, Cornell University:
    The Price of Anarchy (2011)
  • Allen Knutson, Cornell University:
    The Mathematics of Juggling (2010)
  • Christopher Danforth, University of Vermont, Thomas Pfaff, Ithaca College, Zellman Warhaft, Cornell University, and Mary Lou Zeeman, Cornell University and Bowdoin College:
    Mathematics and Climate (2009)
  • Michael A. Jones, Montclair State University:
    What a Difference a Procedure Makes: Scoring Rules in Politics and Sports (2008)
  • David Field, Cornell University:
    Unraveling the Knot of our Sensory Experience (2007)
  • Graeme Bailey, Cornell University:
    Keeping and Sharing Secrets (2006)
  • John Hubbard, Cornell University:
    Order and Chaos in the Solar System (2005)
  • Steven Strogatz, Cornell University:
    Sync (2004)
  • Warwick Tucker, Cornell University:
    Using a Computer to do Rigorous Mathematics (2002)
  • Robert Connelly, Cornell University:
    How to Unfold a Carpenter's Rule in the Plane (2001)
  • John Hubbard, Cornell University:
    Chaos, Complication and Control (2000)