Dr. Jason Cantarella from the University of Georgia to speak at mathematics colloquium Wednesday

Dr. Jason Cantarella of the University of Georgia to speak at colloquium Wednesday

The Center for Applied Mathematics Spring 2007 Colloquium Series is intended to introduce the University of St. Thomas community to a variety of problems, careers and professional activities involving applications of mathematics. All presentations in the series will begin with refreshments at 2:45 p.m. followed by the presentation at 3 p.m. in 3M Auditorium, Owens Science Hall.

The third talk in the CAM Colloquium Series, titled "The Square Peg Problem," will be presented by Dr. Jason Cantarella, of the University of Georgia on Wednesday, March 14.

Cantarella will examine this question in his presentation: Suppose you have a closed curve in a plane: Are there four points on the curve that form a perfect square? What about a rectangle?

This question, which is still open for continuous closed curves, was first investigated around the turn of the last century. Several authors have proven versions of the result for sufficiently smooth curves. In this talk, Cantarella will discuss the history of the Square Peg Problem, and give a new perspective that yields some new results.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming CAM colloquiums:

  • April 11, "Dynamics of Potassium Channels in the Action Potential," Sean Ewen '07, University of St. Thomas
  • May 2, "Future Health Insurance Costs – An Actuarial Perspective," Eric Barrette, University of Minnesota , and Nancy Barker Walczak, senior consultant at Reden and Anders.

For more information, call (651) 962-5524 or visit the Center for Applied Mathematics Web site.