VENUE:  The Age Theatre, Melbourne Museum Carlton Gardens, Carlton, Melbourne Melway reference: 2B J10 
DATE:  Saturday, 9 December 2006 
TIME:  2:30pm to 3:30pm 
COST:  Free. Note: teachers and students attending the public lectures can also visit the rest of the museum freeofcharge 
Bill Casselman has an undergraduate B. A. Harvard College, 1963 and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton, 1966. He specialises in the field of mathematical research: automorphic forms and combinatorial computing. Since 1971, he has been on the faculty of the University of British Columbia. He was a visitor in recent years to the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales, and the Tata Institute in Mumbai, India. He has also been a speaker at the Euclid Conference held in October, 2005 at Oxford University. Since January 2001, he has been Graphics Editor of the NOTICES (http://www.ams.org/notices/) of the American Mathematical Society. Bill is also the author of the book Mathematical Illustrations, Cambridge University Press, 2004.
The Numbers of Numb3rs


Lecturer:  Dr Marty Ross 
It is not often that a mathematician is the star of a TV show. However, that is the case with the new hit 

John Conway: Mathemagician


Lecturer:  Dr Burkard Polster 
Mathematical genius, superstar, eccentric extraordinaire, John Conway is a very special mathematician indeed. Come and learn about the man and some of his weird and wonderful inventions such as the Game of Life, the Surreal Numbers, Sprouts, and lots of tangly, knotty mathematics. Listen to the lecture: 

How many mathematicians does it take... 

Lecturer:  Dr Burkard Polster
How many mathematicians does it take to change a light bulb? If you are interested in some seriously ingenious answers to these and similar pressing questions, don't miss this talk!
Listen to the lecture:

Maths v God


Lecturer:  Dr Marty Ross 
God is about Faith. Unfortunately, not all religiously inclined people have sufficient faith in Faith. There then follows the quest for the proof of God's existence; and, usually, science and mathematics enter the picture in the most absurd manner. Listen to the lecture: 
About the Lecturers:
Drs Burkard Polster and Marty Ross entertain and educate budding and experienced mathematicians alike with their exciting brand of fun, information and, above all, ideas.
"These really are world class public lectures. And to make them work for such a diverse audience is a splendid achievement."
Dr Max Stephens, MAV Life Member.
Burkard Polster received his PhD in Pure Mathematics from the University of Erlangen in Germany in 1993, studied and worked at eight universities in Germany, America, New Zealand and Australia and specializes in “fun” mathematics. He is the author of numerous research articles and books, such as “The mathematics of Juggling” and “Q.E.D: Beauty in Mathematical Proof”. Currently, Burkard is a Senior Logan Research Fellow, and Monash University's resident mathematical juggler, origami expert, bubblemaster, shoelace charmer, and Count Count impersonator. When he is not doing fun mathematics he has fun investigating perfect mathematical universes.
Marty Ross is a mathematical nomad. Despite affecting an American accent, he grew up in Melbourne, completing his HSC at Macleod High School. He then went to ANU and then on Stanford University (where he completed a PhD on the mathematics of soap films). Marty has been a lecturer at Melbourne, Monash and La Trobe Universities and has won teaching awards at Stanford and Rice Universities. His research is in geometric analysis (the use of geometry to study naturally occurring phenomena). Marty has a passionate interest in the teaching of mathematics; he has no formal teaching qualifications, but he hides his ignorance with humour and a loud disdain for jargon..
For further information contact: Simon Pryor