Burnt pancakes, DNA, and the Symmetric Group: or, how Bill Gates became a billionaire

Posted on April 7th, 2010 by

Seminar by Jonathan Kujawa, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oklahoma and 1997 Gustavus Mathematics Major
Monday, April 12, 2010 at 11:30AM in Olin 321216

We will discuss how serious problems from biology and playful problems from mathematics surprisingly coincide. The answer to both involve developing algorithms within the symmetric group. I’ll tell you the interesting story of how all these seemingly different topics meet within mathematics. We’ll start from scratch and I’ll tell you everything you need to know about both the biology and the mathematics. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Refreshments will be served at 11:15 in the Olin 3rd floor lounge.


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