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Scholar to keynote history of mathematics conference April 16

Duncan Melville will deliver the keynote address, “Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Mesopotamia,” at Western Carolina University’s eighth annual Smoky Mountain Undergraduate Research Conference on the History of Mathematics on Saturday, April 16.

Melville, the Peterson Professor of Mathematics at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, will speak at 9:45 a.m. in the theater of the A.K. Hinds University Center on campus.

Duncan Melville

Duncan Melville

He also will share a colloquium about “Early Word Problems” in the Blue Ridge Conference Room at 10:10 a.m. Friday, April 15. The session is free and open to the public.

An abstracts editor for the journal Historia Mathematica, Melville completed his undergraduate work in London, England, and earned a doctorate in mathematics from Yale University. His research pursuits range from Lie algebras, quantum groups and exotic representations to the history of mathematics, especially in ancient Mesopotamia.

Other presentations at conference include poster sessions and 15-minute talks on research in the history of mathematics.

This year, the event is a partnership between WCU and the University of North Carolina Asheville.

For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/a/unca.edu/smurchom_eight/home online or contact Sloan Despeaux, WCU professor of mathematics and conference organizer, at despeaux@wcu.edu or 828-227-3825.

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