[ugrads] [Mathclub-members] Reminder: Math club lunch with Menger Day keynote speaker today!

Robert Ellis rellis at math.iit.edu
Mon Apr 23 07:14:55 CDT 2012

Mathclub members:

You are especially invited to the first event at 12:45pm in the MTCC
McCloska Ballroom, at which Menger Day keynote speaker Prof. Philip Holmes
will give an entertaining and informative presentation. Please see below
for the rest of the schedule.

Also, the math club barbeque is Tuesday at 12:30pm in the northeast area of
campus near Gunsalaus (sp) Hall.

-Robert Ellis

Monday, April 23, 2012

*Events from 12:45 - 3:15 p.m. will take place in the McCloska Ballroom,
McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC).*

*12:45-1:40 pm - Math Club Meeting*
Professor Philip Holmes, Princeton University, will give a talk: "Chaos and
Classical Mechanics: How a Double Pendulum is Like Throwing Dice". All
alumni are welcome. Light lunch provided.

*2 pm - Memories of IIT*
Join in as alumni and friends tell their stories of IIT & Professor Karl

*2:50 pm - Poster Session
*Viewing of Student Research Posters. Light refreshments available.

*3:15 - 4:15 pm - Lecture, McCloska Auditorium, MTCC*
"One and a Quarter Centuries of Nonlinear Dynamics: More Is Different and
Less Is More."

Delivered by Professor Philip Holmes, Princeton University.

In 1889, for his paper on Hamiltonian dynamics and the three-body problem
of celestial mechanics, Henri Poincare was awarded a prize established to
honor the 60th birthday of King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway. As the paper
was being edited for publication in Acta Mathematica, a serious error came
to light. In correcting the error, Poincare discovered the phenomenon that
we now call deterministic chaos. The resulting 270-page paper is
essentially the first textbook in the modern geometrical theory of
dynamical systems. I shall tell the story of this paper, some of the key
contributions to which it led (Smale's horseshoe, Kolmogorov-Arnold-Moser
theory, center manifolds and bifurcations), and end by describing some
applications of dynamical systems theory in fluid, solid and celestial

Philip Holmes is Eugene Higgins Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineer, Professor of Applied Computational Mathematics and a member of
Princeton's Neuroscience Institute. He currently works on the
neuromechanics of animal locomotion, and on the neurodynamics of decision
making. He has co-authored over two hundred scientific papers, three books
on dynamical systems, and with Florin Diacu, 'Celestial Encounters' - an
historical account of the origins of chaos theory.

*4:15 pm - Presentation of Awards
*Presentation of the IIT Karl Menger Student Award for Exceptional
Scholarship by a Student and the Applied Math poster competition winners.

*4:25 - 4:45 pm - Break*
Light refreshments available.

*4:45 - 5:45 pm - Panel Discussion, McCloska Auditorium, MTCC*
The title of the discussion is "Future Challenges and Opportunities for
Applied Mathematics."
The panelists are: Steven Cunningham, Treasurer, Discover; Philip Holmes,
Professor, Princeton University;
and Rob Meyer, CEO, The Numerical Algorithms Group.

*6:00 pm - Reception, Ballroom, MTCC*


On *Tuesday, April 24, 2012*, Professor Holmes will meet with students and

*11:25 am - Research Talk Presentation: "How Cockroaches Run Fast and
Stably Without Much Thought".* Location: SB 113.

*12:30 pm - Lunch with Faculty*

*4:40 - 5:30 pm - Lecture: "Adventures Inside and Outside the Math
Department: How I Got Invovled with Engineers, Biologists, Neuroscientists,
Psychologists, and ...Mathematicians".*
With the SIAM student chapter.  Location: SB Auditorium.

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