The infinite captures our attention like almost no other mathematical concept. Throughout history, though it was a subject wrought with perplexity, it still somehow managed to make appearances in art, religion, psychology and philosophy. Mathematicians ached to make the definition of infinity precise, to only achieve this goal slowly over many millennia. In the last few hundred years, mathematicians have not only tamed infinity but learned to work with it to much success. We will explore the concept of infinity through the ages in different spheres of human thought, learn how mathematicians attempted to make it rigorously precise, delve into some paradoxes of the infinite, but ultimately conclude there are still mysteries out there … beyond infinity!
We will also feature a special presentation by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley.
Dr. Tom Concannon received his PhD in semi-classical gravity on the thermodynamics of rotating black holes. Following professorships at both Wake Forest University and Elon College (now Elon University), he decided to try software engineering as a challenge. After many years in this industry, he again went to graduate school at Lehigh University to earn his master's degree in mathematics, which enabled him to return to full-time teaching at King's College in Wilkes-Barre. He currently teaches courses on differential equations, mathematical methods in the physical sciences, and computer programming. He strongly believes that learning can only truly be accomplished and appreciated if it is taught to others.
Approxmiate Timeline for this Event:
10:30 Coffee & Conversation
11:00 Welcome and Announcements
11:10 Presentation by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley
11:20 Lecture by Dr. Concannon
12:30 Q&A Ends
Those who wish to seek a local eatery after the event will find a number of options in the neighborhood for lunch or brunch, including Starbucks, Pizza Mart, The Hamilton Kitchen, Dime, Queen City BBQ, Billy's Diner, and the Allentown Brew Works.
There is no charge for this event, as we strive to make as much of our programming as possible accessible to all. However, donations will be accepted to offset the cost of our regular ongoing expenses.
Street parking on area streets is free on Sundays. Garage parking is also available in the Community Deck accessible from 6th and Walnut Streets (both one way) and only costs a few dollars.
522 W Maple St
Allentown, PA 18101
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