Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Colloquium for Spring 2019

If you are interested in giving a talk, please email

Colloquia are typically held on Friday in Holt 175.  Refreshments are served at 3:00pm and the talk begins at 3:30pm.  Everyone is invited to attend. 

Past Colloquium Schedules(opens in new window)

Friday, April 5 -- Holt 175, 4:00pm

Natalie Hobson (Sonoma State University)
Sophie Germain:  Bridging art and algebra

Abstract:  It was Germain who once said, "Algebra is but written geometry and geometry is but figured algebra."  Germain is most notable for her work writing equations to model the effects of vibrations on the smallest of particles.  Her work is visible in our tallest buildings and longest bridges.  This 18th century mathematician was forced to work under a male pseudonym but persisted through societal challenges and mathematical mistakes to make the most spectacular of discoveries.  In this talk, we will explore the life and work of this unshakable mathematician.