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Jonathan Rogness: “When Mathematics Meets YouTube”

Professor Jonathan Rogness, 2010 Moody Lecture Speaker

Professor Jonathan Rogness of the University of Minnesota presented the second lecture in the The Michael E. Moody Lecture Series on “When Mathematics Meets YouTube”

Jonathan Rogness is an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Minnesota. A topologist by training, he has become well-known for his mathematical visualizations for use in and outside of the classroom. He was recently named the new director of the university's Mathematics Center for Educational Programs (MathCEP), which runs one of the nation's premier accelerated mathematics programs for middle- and high-school students.

The lecture took place on Friday, November 19, 2010, at 7:00 PM, in HMC's Galileo McAlister lecture hall.

As with all of the college's evening speaker lectures, the talk will be aimed at a wide audience and will be open to all.

Abstract

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What happens when 1.7 million people encounter high-level mathematics on YouTube? “Möbius Transformations Revealed” is a short film that illustrates the beauty of Möbius Transformations and shows how moving to a higher dimension makes them easier to understand. After winning an award from the National Science Foundation and Science magazine the video went viral, with unexpected and entertaining results. This talk will describe the behind-the-scenes making of the movie, explore the mathematics it illustrates, and show the reactions of YouTube users who discover the visual allure of mathematics.