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The 23rd Annual Charles R. DePrima Memorial
Undergraduate Mathematics Lecture
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
4:00 p.m.  Baxter Lecture Hall


Tom Apostol

California Institute of Technology

  Geometrical Snapshots from Ancient Times to Modern Times

Abstract: A collection of geometric ideas developed over the centuries, as expounded in the recently published book New Horizons in Geometry by Apostol and Mnatsakanian.


Tom M. Apostol joined the Caltech faculty in 1950 and is now Professor Emeritus. He is internationally known for his textbooks on Calculus, Analysis, and Analytic Number Theory, (translated into 7 languages), and for creating Project MATHEMATICS!, a video series that brings mathematics to life with computer animation, live action, music, and special effects. The videos won first-place honors at a dozen international festivals, and were translated into Hebrew, Portuguese, French, and Spanish. He has published 102 research papers, has written two chapters for the Digital Library of Mathematical Functions (2010), and is coauthor of three texts for the physics telecourse: The Mechanical Universe…and Beyond. He has received several awards for research and teaching. In 1978 he was a visiting professor at the University of Patras, Greece, and in 2001 was elected a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens, where he delivered his inaugural lecture in Greek. In 2012 he was selected to be a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

The Charles R. DePrima Memorial Undergraduate Mathematics Lecture was established by a gift from Charles R. DePrima and Margaret Thurmond DePrima. The Institute is privileged to honor the memory of Professor DePrima and his distinguished contribution to mathematics and Caltech, where he served as a faculty member for over forty years, with a lecture each year by an outstanding mathematician. Professor DePrima perceived that there were few or no special talks or seminars designed for undergraduates; he and Margaret DePrima intended that this lecture series would fill that need.



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