An Open Lecture by Professor Barbara Keyfitz

The bias that women
are not suited for mathematics may be becoming a thing of the past. However,
the reality is that many Japanese women still hesitate to major in mathematics
at university, let alone to be a professional mathematician. With the hope of
increasing the number of Japanese women studying mathematics, RIMS invites Professor Barbara Keyfitz to give a lecture on the charm of
mathematics. We cordially invite women who are thinking about going into mathematical
or scientific research to come and listen to the lecture.

Title：
"Analysis and Me: How Differential Equations Made Me a Mathematician (With
Help from Many People)"

Abstract ： This talk is a personal view of
what I find exciting and satisfying about mathematics, and what it has meant
for me to have a career as a mathematician. The future opened up for me when I
was in my final year of college and one of my professors presented a method for
using calculus to solve partial differential equations (PDE). PDE are used by
scientists and engineers to describe the physical world. They are also
important in understanding geometric, and more abstract, objects in
mathematics. The study of PDE has motivated much of modern analysis (all the
parts of mathematics that use calculus). I will explain some of these modern
developments, and how they have been intertwined with my own development and
career as a mathematician.

Date:
Sunday, June 3, 2012, 15:00−(approximately 1 hour
plus Q&A)

Expected
audiences: female students of high schools and colleges, High school teachers
(male or female), Those who are interested in
fostering female scientists.

Place:
Kyoto University, RIMS Building 4F, Room 420 Admission is free. Registration is
not required.

Transportation
fee for the lecture will not be reimbursed.

For
Professor Barbara Keyfitz's website, please visit here.

For
access to RIMS, please visit here.

This
lecture is co-sponsored by “Mathematical
Society of Japan”
and “Department of Mathematics, Graduate School of
Science,
Kyoto University.”

Contact:
Research Institute for
Mathematical Sciences (RIMS) Office, Kyoto University

Tel: 075-753-7216