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Applied Mathematics News

Date: Mar 2018

The Department's annual Approximation of Pi Day Celebration (3/14 is during Spring Break) was a big hit! Math students and faculty enjoyed pizza pies, dessert pies, and other treats. Students presented interesting facts about pi and the partygoers voted on which was the most interesting. The winning fact was Rebecca Gruver's fact about a pi language in which works are written using words of lengths 3, 1, 4, 1, 5, 9,... successively (in the order they appear in pi).

The Mathematics and Physics Department and people across the world mourn the loss of Stephen Hawking, a British theoretical physicist famous for his work in cosmology and quantum mechanics.   After graduating from Oxford in 1962 and receiving his PhD from Cambridge in 1966, much of his research career focused on black holes and the discovery of Hawking radiation.  The author of many academic books and articles, Hawking also wrote a number of children's books and popular science books aimed at making science accessible to the general public.  Hawking was able to accomplish all this despite an early-onset of Lou Gehrig's disease.  Using of variety of speech-production devices that he helped to create, Hawking continued to lecture about his research and make public appearances in recent years despite his worsening physical condition.  

Hope everyone is having a great Pi Day and a wonderful Spring Break!  Please join us for our annual celebration of Pi on Tuesday March 20th.  We'll have, of course, all kinds of pies for you to sample! 

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