Tyler Heilman Memorial Colloquium Talk
Thursday, November 16, 4:15-5:30pm
Quest University Canada MPR
Dr. Dominic Klyve, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Central Washington University
Leonhard Euler was an undisputed mathematical genius. As most physicists today know, he was also a world-class physicist, astronomer, and a leader in fluid dynamics. It’s less well known that Euler wrote philosophy and theology, studied music, did pioneering work in linguistics, and did work in demography and population studies which may have led indirectly to Darwin’s theory of natural selection. In this talk, we will examine the some of the highlights from Euler’s lesser-known works, and draw some insights into the value of interdisciplinary thinking today. We will also tell a few stories of the speaker’s role in creating the online “Euler Archive”, and of the fascinating old books by Euler he discovered hiding in libraries.
Dr. Dominic Klyve is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Central Washington University. He is the author of more than 35 papers in number theory, the history of mathematics and science, and applied statistics – several of which have been co-authored with his students. An expert in eighteenth century science, he has written on the mathematics, astronomy, biology, linguistics, and philosophy of the period. He has spoken on the history of math and science across the country and around the world. In 2014 the MAA selected Dominic Klyve with the Alder Award, a national teaching award for young faculty who have a demonstrated impact within and beyond the classroom.