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Nowak’s Public Lecture Draws Crowd of Hundreds

On October 8, 2013, the Coffman Memorial Theater on the University of Minnesota (UMN) campus was filled to the brim for Martin Nowak’s public lecture "The Evolution of Cooperation: Do We Need Each Other to Succeed?"

The lecture, sponsored by the Simons Foundation, was held as part of the Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) 2013 series, a year-long program showcasing the role of mathematics in developing a better understanding of dynamic processes affecting Planet Earth.

More than 400 people were in attendance for his exciting and thought-provoking talk, including mathematics and other UMN faculty, friends of the IMA, high school students, local industry members, and people from all across the Twin Cities.

Nowak, a leading expert on evolution and game theory and a professor at Harvard University, has published more than 300 papers and has been widely praised for revolutionizing the mathematical approach to biology.

A video of the lecture will be available for viewing on the MPE2013 website, the Simons Foundation website, and on the IMA’s website soon.

Pictured above (left to right): University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering Dean Steven Crouch, Martin Nowak, Harvard University, and IMA Director Fadil Santosa (photo credit: David Grube)