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Mathematics author and researcher to give two talks, “Multiple Zeta Values” and “Math in the Courtroom: Uncharted Territory” on March 4

Leila Schneps, math researcher and author, will give two lectures as part of the 2014 Asprey Distinguished Lecture Series. Both events are scheduled for Tuesday, March 4. The first, “Multiple Zeta Values: Crossroads of Geometry, Algebra and Number Theory” will begin with a pizza lunch at noon; the lecture will start at 12:30. The second talk, “Math in the Courtroom: Uncharted Territory” will begin with a reception at 4:30 pm; the lecture will begin at 5 pm.

Both talks will be held in Rockefeller Hall, room 300, and are free and open to the public. These events are sponsored by the Department of Mathematics.

Schneps holds a degree in mathematics from Harvard University, and she moved to France in 1983. After earning her PhD, she took a position with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) as a researcher in mathematics. Her work focuses on algebraic geometry and the many ways these ideas cross over into other areas of mathematics as an essential tool.

Her interests beyond her research include the aspects of mathematics - such as probability and statistics - that play a more public role in our world, and the manner in which people come in contact with, and react to mathematics.

Under the pseudonym Catherine Shaw, she has published a series of mysteries based on mathematical problems. These books, the “Cambridge Mysteries'' (The Three-Body Problem, Flowers Stained with Moonlight, The Library Paradox, The Riddle of the River) give her a voice to communicate the beauty and power of mathematics to a wide audience.

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, February 25, 2014