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International Day of Mathematics March 12 at Dawson


The International Day of Mathematics (IDM) will take place for the first time this year. All countries are invited to participate in this worldwide celebration of mathematics on March 14 (Pi Day: 3/14). Activities are planned for both students and the general public in schools, museums, libraries and other spaces.

Dawson’s Mathematics Department is organizing activities on Thursday, March 12.

Student Poster and Video Contest for Prizes
• Posters or videos can address instances of mathematics from science and technology, from organization of cities, society, and government, from everyday human activities;
• Posters and videos must include a full reference list and and acknowledgement of any outside help. A poster or video abstract up to 250 words to explain the theoretical aspect of the
mathematics involved should accompany them.
• Posters should not draw too heavily from web sources.
• Each author of the poster or video must register to before March 9, 2020.

More details about the contest can be found at:

Math Day Events:

10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: 
On Some Wonders of Mathematics – Professor Shahab Shahabi
Abstract: There are many wonderful things in Math. In this rather informal talk, geared
towards first year college students, we shall touch upon some of the fantastic wonders of
mathematics (old and new), from well-established theories to widely open conjectures!

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
From Archimedes to Newton: A Brief History of Calculus – Professor
Alexander Hariton
Abstract: I will give a brief overview of the history of Calculus. I will begin by describing
the work of ancient Greek mathematicians, including Zeno and Archimedes. I will then
mention some early modern contributions, such as those by Cavalieri and Fermat, which
anticipated the development of Calculus. Finally, I will examine the investigations of
Newton and Leibnitz into infinitesimal Calculus.

1:00 p.m.-2.30 p.m.
Imaginary applications – Professor Andreea Panait
Abstract: Imaginary is a non-profit organization created for promoting modern
mathematics. They organize exhibitions in many countries with the goal of changing the
image of mathematics. In this presentation, I will show you some selected tools and
interesting hands-on activities developed by the Imaginary community.

There is a map with all the events organized around the world and you can see that Dawson College is on the map:





Last Modified: March 3, 2020