MATC Mathematics Club
Lecture #77

Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin


Spring 2008 Presentation #77 (Wednesday, October 15, 2008)
by Professor Elgin Johnston, Iowa State University

Previous Lectures: (Wine bottles and Pizza sharing) , (Choosing Your Ideal Companion and Other Probabilistic Surprises)

"Mass Points: Geometry by Physics"

Abstract: By using very elementary ideas about the center of mass of systems of three or four masses we can easily prove many interesting and beautiful results from geometry.

Biography: Elgin Johnston earned his PhD in 1977 from the University of Illinois at Urbana, where he worked in approximation theory and complex analysis. He is currently Associate Chair of the Mathematics Department at Iowa State, Problem Section Editor for Mathematics Magazine, and Chair of the Committee on American Mathematics Competitions. His areas of active interest include problem solving, complex analysis, and working with mathematically gifted pre-college students. His leisure activities include biking, brewing beer, playing guitar, and reading history, mysteries, and science fiction.


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