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Department of Physics Colloquium

Monday, August 27, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Rockefeller Hall, Schwartz Auditorium
Central Campus

General Physics Colloquium, Prof. Steven Strogatz, Math Department, Cornell University.

Refreshments from 3:30-3:50 pm.

Title:  Forgotten Gems of Calculus

Host:  Andre LeClair

Abstract:  The version of calculus that all of us learned in high school and college is a streamlined, elegant machine. Much of it is due to the Bernoulli brothers and Euler, who developed it in the 1700s. But the roots of calculus are much older than that. In this talk, we’ll take a look at some of the forgotten gems of calculus from the early days, going all the way back to Archimedes and then fast forwarding nearly two millennia to Fermat and two beginners named Newton and Leibniz. All of them worked with their bare hands, without the benefit of the fundamental theorem of calculus, and the solutions they gave to problems about areas and infinite sums may amaze you.

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