The Department of Applied Mathematics at IIT hosted Professor Richard Durrett of Cornell University for the 2009 IIT Karl Menger Lecture, "Truth Is Stranger than Fiction: A Look at Some Improbabilities". The lecture was part of a two-day event April 20-21, 2009 honoring Professor Karl Menger, who is considered one of the finest mathematicians of the twentieth century, and was a professor at IIT from 1946 to 1971. Other events and talks are listed below, including a recent alumni reception and sharing of memories of Professor Menger. Photos from the 2009 event can be seen here, and a schedule for the 2010 event will be posted in Fall 2009.
- Karl Menger Biography
- Schedule of Events
- Memories of Karl Menger
- Remembering Menger 2007
- Remembering Menger 2008 [slideshow]
- Remembering Menger 2009 [slideshow]
- Remembering Menger 2010
- Remembering Menger 2011
- Remembering Menger 2012
- Remembering Menger 2013
Made possible with the generous support of the Menger family; Department of Applied Mathematics, Illinois Institute of Technology; the Menger Fund; and Alumni Relations.
Schedule of Events
Monday, April 20, 2009
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Recent Alumni Reception, LaSalle Bank Executive Conference Room, MTCC
Alumni from the classes of 1999-2008 will share their experiences since graduating.
12:50-1:40 pm - Math Club Meeting, Engineering-1 123
This year's Menger lecturer, Professor Richard Durrett, Cornell University, will talk informally with members of the Math Club; all alumni welcome.
Events from 1:45 - 5:40 p.m. will take place in the McCloska Ballroom, MTCC
2 pm - Memories of IIT
Join in as alumni and friends tell their stories of IIT & Professor
2:50 pm - Poster Session
Viewing of 2009 Student Research Posters
3:15 pm - Research Presentation
Recent Applied Mathematics Department Research Advances - "How to Model Credit Markets if You Must." Presentation by Professor Tomasz Bielecki, together with his students, Andera and Luca Vidozzi.
4:30 pm - Lecture
"Truth Is Stranger than Fiction: A Look at Some Improbabilities"
Delivered by Professor Richard Durrett of Cornell University.
Professor Durrett will discuss several situations in which probabilities are misunderstood in the mathematical world, using examples to explain and clarify the issues.
Durrett is a distinguished mathematician working in probability and stochastic analysis with applications in ecology and genetics. Author of popular books in stochastic analysis and probability, including Stochastic Calculus: A Practical Introduction and Probability Models for DNA Sequence Evolution, he also has published over 160 refereed research papers and supervised 38 Ph.D. students. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
5:40 pm - Presentation
Presentation of the IIT Karl Menger Student Award for exceptional scholarship by a student
6:00 pm - Dinner
Pritzker Club, MTCC
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Richard Durrett will meet with students and faculty
10:00 am - Stochastic and Multiscale Modeling Seminar: "Probability Problems Arising from the Study of Cancer" WH 117
12:00 pm - Lunch with Faculty
4:40 - 5:30 pm - Lecture: "How to Be a Successful Applied Mathematician" with the SIAM student chapter. Location: E1 027
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