# Amherst College Math Colloquium

The Amherst College Math Colloquium is a series of talks for undergraduates.

All are welcome! The talks are intended to be mostly accessible to students who have taken calculus, although they may also provide a preview of deeper waters. The colloquium talks are usually one hour long (50 + 10 minutes for questions). We usually have a 30 minute pre-talk small gathering (with snacks and refreshments) beforehand.

The 2023-2024 colloquium is organized by Ivan Contreras and Nathan Pflueger.

## Upcoming talks

## Past talks

**Tuesday, November 14, 2023**

4:00-5:00, SMUD 206. Pre-talk refreshments at 3:45 in Room 208.

**Thursday, November 9, 2023**

*Data Cohesion: From Similarity Comparisons to Clustering (joint Math/Stat colloquium)*

Kate Moore (Amherst)

**Wednesday, November 1, 2023**

4:00-5:00

*A new characterization of characters (or: algebra and analysis can be friends!)*

Leo Goldmakher (Williams)

**Monday, October 16, 2023**

4:00-5:00, SCCE E110 (Lipton Lecture Hall)

**Thursday, October 5, 2023**

4:00-5:00, SMUD 206. Pre-talk refreshments at 3:45 in Room 208.

**Wednesday, September 20, 2023**

4:00-5:00, SMUD 206. Pre-talk refreshments at 3:45 in Room 208.

**Tuesday, March 28, 2023**

4:30pm-5:30pm, Seeley Mudd 206

*Different Differences: A Primer on NSFD Methods For Solving Differential Equations*

Ron Buckmire (Occidental)

**Wednesday, November 2, 2022**

4:30-5:30, SMUD 206

**Wednesday, October 26, 2022**

4:30 PM, SMUD 206

**Thursday, April 1, 2021**

5:30pm-6:30pm, via Zoom

*Towards a coarse theory of quantum spin systems*

Bowen Wang (2018 Amherst graduate)

**Thursday, March 18, 2021**

5:30pm-6:30pm, via Zoom

**Tuesday, September 29, 2020**

5:30pm-6:30pm, via Zoom

*Wallpaper Patterns and Life on the Klein Bottle*

Patricia Cahn (Smith College)

**Tuesday, September 15, 2020**

6:00pm-7:00pm, via Zoom

*Stranger Things (in Math)*

Ivan Contreras (Amherst)

**Thursday, February 20, 2020**

4:30pm, Seeley Mudd 206

*Symmetry, Almost*

Amanda Folsom (Amherst)

**Thursday, February 6, 2020**

4:30pm, Seeley Mudd 207

*Unsupervised Clustering, Harmonic Analysis, and Applications*

James M. Murphy (Tufts University)

**Thursday, November 21, 2019**

4:30pm, Seeley Mudd 206

*A fun optimization problem*

Kasso Okoudjou (U. Maryland)

**Thursday, November 14, 2019**

4:30pm-5:30pm, SMUD 204

*Comparing Songs without Listening: From Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science to Music and Back Again*

Katie Kinnaird (Smith College)

**Wednesday, November 6, 2019**

4:30pm, Seeley Mudd 206

*Turán's Problem and an Introduction to Sums of Squares*

Annie Raymond (UMass Amherst)

**Thursday, October 24, 2019**

4:30pm, Seeley Mudd 206

*Knot for Everyday Purposes*

David Freund (Harvard University)

**Thursday, October 10, 2019**

4:30pm, Seeley Mudd 206

*A Beginner's Introduction to the Mandelbrot Set*

Rob Benedetto (Amherst)

**Thursday, September 26, 2019**

4:30pm, Seeley Mudd 206

*Mathematical Physics and the Shape of Graphs*

Ivan Contreras (Amherst)