Seminars, Colloquia, and Conferences
Every academic year, the Department of Mathematics hosts the Martin
Guterman lecture, funded by a gift from the Guterman family to
commemorate our late colleague
Martin Guterman and his
exceptional ability to communicate real mathematics to a broad audience.
For this lecture we invite a mathematician known as an engaging speaker.
2017 Guterman Lecture
Monday, March 6, 2017 | 4:00pm | Pearson Hall, Room 106
Susan Loepp (Williams College)
"The Key to Sending Secret Messages"
Watch live streaming video of the lecture >
Suppose Alice wants to send secret messages to Bob, but the
channel over which they communicate is not secure. Suppose
also that their arch enemy, Eve, can intercept all communication
between them. It is perhaps counterintuitive that Alice and Bob
can send secret messages to each other over their insecure channel
with reasonable confidence that Eve cannot decipher their messages.
In this talk, we will discuss the history of, and the ideas behind
public-key exchanges; the first step Alice and Bob use to send
their messages. No particular mathematics background will be assumed.
Past Guterman Lecturers
John Urschel (MIT)
"Voronoi Tessellations in Today's World"
Watch the 2016 lecture >
Eli Grigsby (Boston College)
"On Hairdos, Polynomials, and the Shape of the Universe"
Watch the 2015 lecture >
Robert Devaney (Boston University)
"The Fractal Geometry of the Mandelbrot Set"
Mike Hill (University of Virginia)
"Ruler, Compass, and Origami Constructions"
Frank Morgan (Williams College)
"Soap Bubbles and Mathematics"
John Meier (Lafayette College)
"Euler, Graphs, and Surfaces"
William Dunham (Muhlenberg College)
Method, or- Though this be Method, yet there is madness in't"
Tom Banchoff (Brown University)
"Exploring Surfaces in Three and
Colin Adams (Williams College)
"Blown Away: What Not To Do