The Reese Prosser Memorial Lectures were inaugurated in 2002 by the Department of Mathematics at Dartmouth College to honor their long time colleague Reese Prosser. This lecture series was endowed by Nancy Prosser and her family. These lectures are intended to introduce the general public to mathematical research related to their daily lives.
Reese loved mathematics and music. You can see his mathematical contributions here, his music with Nancy here, his sailing here, and some remarks about Reese himself here.
A Physical Approach to Mathematics
Mark Levi, Professor and Head of Mathematics Department, Pennsylvania State University.
Easy, Hard, and Impossible: The Limits of Computation
Cristopher Moore, Professor at the Santa Fe Institute.
Given Any Five Cards
Colm Mulcahy, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Spelman College.
Mathematics and science: the Abel and Nobel Prizes
Björn Engquist, Computational and Applied Mathematics Chair I and Director of the ICES Center for Numerical Analysis, University of Texas at Austin.
Snow Business: Scientific Computing in the Movies and Beyond
Joseph Teran, Professor of Mathematics, UCLA.
Mathematical Insights and Intuition
Po-Shen Loh, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University; National Coach, USA International Math Olympiad team; founder of Expii.
From Erdos to Algorithms
Joel Spencer, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
Some People Have all the Luck… Or do they?
Skip Garibaldi, research mathematician at IDA.
Falling Paper and Insect Flight
Z. Jane Wang, Professor of Physics and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
A Flight of Curiosity — A Mathematician's Tale
Dr. William Taber, Technical Group Supervisor for the Mission Design and Navigation Software Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.
The Mathematics of Crime
Andrea Bertozzi, Director of Applied Mathematics, University of California Los Angeles.
From Democratic Consensus to Cannibalistic Hordes: The Principles of Collective Behavior
Iain Couzin, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University. QuickTime, WebM
From the Cosmos to the Quantum:
How Mathematical Theories of Symmetry Grew from and Gave back to Physics
Stephanie Singer. QuickTime, WebM
Mathematical Models of Social Media and the News Cycle
Jon Kleinberg, Tisch University Professor, Cornell University. RealMedia
Unearthing the Visions of a Master: The Legacy of Ramanujan’s Last Letter
Ken Ono, Hilldale Professor of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin. QuickTime, WebM
The Riemann Hypothesis: Unsolved Mysteries of the Primes!
J. Brian Conrey, Executive Director, American Institute of Mathematics. QuickTime, WebM
Tales of the Dodecahedron: from Pythagoras through Plato to Poincaré
John Baez, University of California, Riverside (slides)
The Modern Mathematics of Motion Capture — from Muybridge through Disney and Beyond
Chris Bregler, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. QuickTime, WebM
Artful Mathematics — the quantification of style
Daniel Rockmore, Dartmouth College RealMedia
The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order.
Steven Strogatz, Cornell University
Risk and Revolution: Casanova, Napoleon, and the French Lottery.
Stephen Stigler, University of Chicago