Honorary Degree Ceremony 2010 (audio slideshow)
Eight distinguished individuals received honorary degrees from the University of Cambridge in June 2010. The honorary degree is the highest honour that the University can bestow. This year the honorands were recognised for their outstanding efforts in music, literature, science, mathematics, politics and business. Here they tell us how they feel about gaining this prestigious degree.
Looking at Learning...Again, Part 2 Workshop 4. Conceptual Change
With Dr. Peter Hewson. In this workshop, we explore the role played by prior knowledge in the learning of new science ideas. Only when a new idea is understood, accepted, and found to be useful does it begin to be exchanged for a previously held scientific belief. The workshop examines how teachers ideas about teaching and learning may be altered as they engage students in strategies designed to promote conceptual change.,In this class, Dr. Peter Hewson explains his thoughts about conceptual c
Alter Egos -- Episode 2: Dr. Mechanic
Who are we away from work? Meet a cross-section of Cal State Northridge faculty and staff who are as interesting and involved off-campus as they are during working hours. At CSUN, their ideas and energy are in the mix! Episode 2 profiles Dr. Jerry Stinner, Dean of Science & Mathematics... and freelance auto mechanic. A web exclusive for NorthridgeMagazine.com directed, shot & edited by Krishna Narayanamurti written & produced by Brenda Roberts co-produced by David Mascarina executive producer
This book is about generating functions and some of their uses in discrete mathematics. The subject is so vast that the author has not attempted to give a comprehensive discussion, but to communicate some of the main ideas.
18.466 Mathematical Statistics (MIT)
This graduate level mathematics course covers decision theory, estimation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. The course also introduces students to large sample theory. Other topics covered include asymptotic efficiency of estimates, exponential families, and sequential analysis.
STS.002 Toward the Scientific Revolution (MIT)
This subject traces the evolution of ideas about nature, and how best to study and explain natural phenomena, beginning in ancient times and continuing through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. A central theme of the subject is the intertwining of conceptual and institutional relations within diverse areas of inquiry: cosmology, natural history, physics, mathematics, and medicine.
16.00 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering and Design (MIT)
The fundamental concepts, and approaches of aerospace engineering, are highlighted through lectures on aeronautics, astronautics, and design. Active learning aerospace modules make use of information technology. Student teams are immersed in a hands-on, lighter-than-air (LTA) vehicle design project, where they design, build, and fly radio-controlled LTA vehicles. The connections between theory and practice are realized in the design exercises. Required design reviews precede the LTA race competi
8.311 Electromagnetic Theory (MIT)
Electromagnetic Theory covers the basic principles of electromagnetism: experimental basis, electrostatics, magnetic fields of steady currents, motional e.m.f. and electromagnetic induction, Maxwell's equations, propagation and radiation of electromagnetic waves, electric and magnetic properties of matter, and conservation laws. This is a graduate level subject which uses appropriate mathematics but whose emphasis is on physical phenomena and principles.
STS.035 The History of Computing (MIT)
This course focuses on one particular aspect of the history of computing: the use of the computer as a scientific instrument. The electronic digital computer was invented to do science, and its applications range from physics to mathematics to biology to the humanities. What has been the impact of computing on the practice of science? Is the computer different from other scientific instruments? Is computer simulation a valid form of scientific experiment? Can computer models be viewed as surroga
18.305 Advanced Analytic Methods in Science and Engineering (MIT)
Advanced Analytic Methods in Science and Engineering is a comprehensive treatment of the advanced methods of applied mathematics. It was designed to strengthen the mathematical abilities of graduate students and train them to think on their own.
21H.433 The Age of Reason: Europe in the 18th and 19th Centuries (MIT)
Has there ever been an "Age of Reason?" In the western tradition, one might make claims for various moments during Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. In this class, however, we will focus on the two and a half centuries between 1600 and 1850, a period when insights first developed in the natural sciences and mathematics were seized upon by social theorists, institutional reformers and political revolutionaries who sought to change themselves and the society in which they lived. Thr
18.091 Mathematical Exposition (MIT)
This course provides techniques of effective presentation of mathematical material. Each section of this course is associated with a regular mathematics subject, and uses the material of that subject as a basis for written and oral presentations. The section presented here is on chaotic dynamical systems.
14.12 Economic Applications of Game Theory (MIT)
Game Theory is a misnomer for Multiperson Decision Theory, the analysis of situations in which payoffs to agents depend on the behavior of other agents. It involves the analysis of conflict, cooperation, and (tacit) communication. Game theory has applications in several fields, such as economics, politics, law, biology, and computer science. In this course, I will introduce the basic tools of game theoretic analysis. In the process, I will outline some of the many applications of game theory, pr
6.042J Mathematics for Computer Science (MIT)
This is an introductory course in Discrete Mathematics oriented toward Computer Science and Engineering. The course divides roughly into thirds: Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics: Definitions, Proofs, Sets, Functions, Relations Discrete Structures: Modular Arithmetic, Graphs, State Machines, Counting Discrete Probability Theory A version of this course from a previous term was also taught as part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) programme as course number SMA 5512 (Mathematics f
18.307 Integral Equations (MIT)
This course emphasizes concepts and techniques for solving integral equations from an applied mathematics perspective. Material is selected from the following topics: Volterra and Fredholm equations, Fredholm theory, the Hilbert-Schmidt theorem; Wiener-Hopf Method; Wiener-Hopf Method and partial differential equations; the Hilbert Problem and singular integral equations of Cauchy type; inverse scattering transform; and group theory. Examples are taken from fluid and solid mechanics, acoustics, q
18.104 Seminar in Analysis: Applications to Number Theory (MIT)
18.104 is an undergraduate level seminar for mathematics majors. Students present and discuss subject matter taken from current journals or books. Instruction and practice in written and oral communication is provided. The topics vary from year to year. The topic for this term is Applications to Number Theory.
18.369 Mathematical Methods in Nanophotonics (MIT)
Find out what solid-state physics has brought to Electromagnetism in the last 20 years. This course surveys the physics and mathematics of nanophotonics—electromagnetic waves in media structured on the scale of the wavelength. Topics include computational methods combined with high-level algebraic techniques borrowed from solid-state quantum mechanics: linear algebra and eigensystems, group theory, Bloch's theorem and conservation laws, perturbation methods, and coupled-mode theories, to u
Green still big at auto show
The Detroit Auto Show kicks off with a return by Porsche and a focus on "green" from Toyota, Ford and all the big players, as the technology moves beyond a futuristic concept to reality.
18.712 Introduction to Representation Theory (MIT)
The goal of this course is to give an undergraduate-level introduction to representation theory (of groups, Lie algebras, and associative algebras). Representation theory is an area of mathematics which, roughly speaking, studies symmetry in linear spaces.
Panel Discussion: The Global University
Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley campus hosted a distinguished panel of university presidents from Asia, Europe and the United States during a summit on mobility and communication and their impact on global universities. The summit was sponsored by the International Center for Advanced Communication Technologies (InterACT), a network of leading global research universities and institutes. The presidential panel included Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon and presidents from the