2023 Scientist in Residence Presentations with Dr. Francis Su (Videos)

2023 Scientist in Residence Presentations with Dr. Francis Su (Videos)

Dr. Francis Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and former president of the Mathematical Association of America. In 2013, he received the Haimo Award, a nationwide teaching prize for college math faculty, and in 2018 he won the Halmos-Ford writing award. His research in geometric combinatorics includes many papers co-authored with undergraduates.

Su's work has been featured in Quanta Magazine, Wired, and the New York Times. His book Mathematics for Human Flourishing (2020), winner of the 2021 Euler Book Prize, offers an inclusive vision of what math is, who it's for, and why anyone should learn it.



Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Mathematics and the Sciences: Challenges and Opportunities

Thursday, February 2 | Forum
11:30 AM, CMU Chapel (600 Shaftesbury Blvd.)

In 2020, I co-authored a report for the American Mathematical Society on the history of racial discrimination in the mathematical sciences. I'll share some of the lessons learned from this report, and discuss why equity diversity and inclusion is important to mathematics and the sciences, and what we can do to move towards making STEM spaces more just, where the dignity of each human being is valued.


Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Thursday, February 2 | Public Lecture
7:00 PM, Marpeck Commons (2299 Grant Ave.)

How can mathematics connect to our deepest human longings, such as for beauty, truth, or justice? This isn't the experience most have with math, but it can be. Math is a deeply human enterprise that when properly engaged, builds virtues like persistence, creativity, and an expectation of enchantment. Such virtues will serve you well no matter what you do in life. An incarcerated man—now my friend—has helped me see this more clearly than ever before.


Can Mathematics be Spiritual?

Chapel, Friday February 3 | Chapel
11:30 AM, CMU Chapel (600 Shaftesbury Blvd.)

A mathematical attitude of mind is surprisingly similar to a religious attitude of mind, and offers a bridge of understanding to those who aren't yet in either frame of mind.

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