Midwest History of Mathematics Conference 

Fall 2006 Friday and Saturday October 1314 The Behrend College 


Main Address:
Euler in Three Acts Koehler Professor of Mathematics, Muhlenberg College To recognize next year’s 300^{th} anniversary of Leonhard Euler’s birth, we examine three short but ingenious theorems from this great mathematician. In Act One, we see Euler as number theorist, with his 1750 explanation of how to generate amicable numbers by the busload. Act Two features Euler as geometer, with a 1748 theorem relating the sides and diagonals of a convex quadrilateral. And finally comes Act Three with Euler as analyst, as we consider a 1749 proof of his famous identity using integral calculus. Taken together, these results remind us why it is so fitting that we celebrate his birthday in 2007. NOTE: This talk should be accessible to anyone familiar with calculus 

Meeting registration information Last Updated: 04/10/2006 by Mingying Lu

Contact Information: Dr. Antonella Cupillari, School of Science, Penn State Behrend, 5091 Station Road Erie, PA 165630203, U.S.A. 