Spring 2011, Thursdays, Milner 216, 4:00-4:50 PM

Date: March 4

"  Special Session: (Visiting Prospective Students) "
* Prof. Zoran Sunic

* Timothy Rainone


Z. Sunic: "The mathematics of Hanoi Towers Game"

: We explore how the well known Hanoi Towers Game relates to various areas of mathematics, including group theory, symbolic dynamics, conformal maps, ... and combinatorics, of course.

T. Rainone: "Bernstein's approximation theorem"

: Approximation is certainly a ubiquitous term in mathematics. However, it seems unfathomable that a student not meet Bernstein's Approximation result early in their formation. In this brief twenty-five minute session I will present an insightful proof of this theorem which utilizes a clever trick from the pen of Korovkin. The material is self contained and although the talk is aimed at graduate as well as prospective graduate students, all are welcome.