If you live in the DC area and you like math, you have no excuse! Come to the MAA Distinguished Lecture Series.
These are one-hour talks, complete with refreshments, all for free due to the generous sponsorship of the NSA. The talks are at the Carriage House, at the MAA headquarters near Dupont Circle.
Here are some of the great talks that are on the schedule in the next few months (I’m especially excited to hear Francis Su on May 14th).
I’ve been to many of these lectures and always enjoyed them. Robert Ghrist‘s lecture was out of this world (here’s the recap, but no video, audio, or slides yet) and was so very accessible and entertaining, despite the abstract nature of his expertise–algebraic topology.
And that’s the wonderful thing about all these talks: Even though these are very bright mathematicians, they go out of their way to give lectures that engage a broad audience.
Here’s another great one from William Dunham, who spoke about Newton (Dunham is probably the world’s leading expert on Newton’s letters). Recap here, and a short youtube clip here:
(full talk also available)
So, if you’re a DC mathophile, stop by sometime. I’ll see you there!