112th: Michael Harris on "Mathematics Without Apologies"
Join us on Wednesday, March 23rd at 7pm for a discussion with Professor Michael Harris on his book, Mathematics Without Apologies: Portrait of a Problematic Vocation. He will be joined in conversation by Stephon Alexander, author of The Jazz of Physics.
Synopsis: What do pure mathematicians do, and why do they do it? Looking beyond the conventional answers--for the sake of truth, beauty, and practical applications--this book offers an eclectic panorama of the lives and values and hopes and fears of mathematicians in the twenty-first century, assembling material from a startlingly diverse assortment of scholarly, journalistic, and pop culture sources.
Michael Harris is professor of mathematics at the Universite Paris Diderot and Columbia University. He is the author or coauthor of more than seventy mathematical books and articles.
Stephon Alexander is a theoretical physicist specializing in the interface between cosmology, particle physics and quantum gravity. He is currently the Ernest Everett Just 1907 Professor of Natural Sciences. He held postdoctoral fellowships at Imperial College, London and The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. He previously held faculty positions at Penn State and Haverford College.