September 20, 2011: A President, A. Partridge, and Practical Mathematics

Title: A President, A. Partridge, and Practical Mathematics

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Location: Hyde 318

Time: 4:00-5:00PM (Pizza at 3:30PM in Hyde 349)

Speaker: Dr. Dick Jardine (Keene State College)

Abstract: Who would have thought one of our founding fathers, who was also one of our young nation’s significant scientists, would carry on a mathematical correspondence about the measurement of the height of mountains? This talk discusses an episode involving our White Mountains, the state of applied mathematics as it was in our nation in the early 19th century, and an early application of an elementary differential equation to determine elevations long before the GPS.