IMA Public Lecture Series
The IMA has been offering more public lectures in order to raise
awareness of the impact of mathematical research on everyday life.
The first IMA public lecture, which took place in April 1998, was
given by Ian Stewart. Stewart, who writes the mathematical column in
Scientific American, is an accomplished mathematician. He has written
several popular books with strong mathematical themes.
Other lecturers in this series include Benoit Mandelbrot and Charles
For the academic year 2003-04, the IMA is offering 4 public lectures.
The first lecture was given on September 15, 2003, by Leroy Hood,
president of the Institute for Systems Biology. His talk, entitled
"After the Human Genome Project: Systems Biology and Predictive,
Preventive and Personalized Medicine", outlines the next wave of
interdisciplinary research in biological science that will take genome
data into predictive models. In particular, his talk describes where
mathematics is needed to make this push possible.
Richard Tapia, Noah Harding professor of Computational and Applied
Mathematics at Rice University, delivered a wildly entertaining lecture
about the mathematics of drag racing on November 20, 2003. His talk
was attended not only by audience from the university community, but
also by members of a Twin Cities drag racing club, who sport their
club jacket at the talk. We were delighted to see so many young
people in the audience, including several students from nearby elementary and
For the remainder of the year, we have lined up Steven Strogatz,
from Cornell University, and Steven Ross from MIT. Strogatz will talk
on the science of spontaneous order, subject of his very
successful book "Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order".
Behavioral finance will be the subject of Rosses public lecture.
Most of the lectures, especially the more recent ones, can be viewed
on the web in streaming video by going to the IMA Public Lecture web