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Zero to Infinity: Great Moments in the History of Number
Start Date: 3/15/2012Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 3/15/2012End Time: 7:00 PM
Event Description:
The University of Colorado Mathematics Department presents Professor Edward B. Burger (Baylor University & Williams College) who will be presenting "Zero to Infinity: Great Moments in the History of Numbers."  

Were numbers always around?  Were they always as we know them today?  Are humans the only animals who can count? Who are we kidding, is zero really a number? Were negative numbers invented to explain my checking account balance?  Numbers are some of the most basic objects in our everyday world, however their history and evolution is anything but ordinary. Humankind's desire to "count" made it possible for Shakespeare to write his plays, for mathematicians to unlock the mysteries of infinity, and everything in between. Here we will offer a whirlwind tour of the history of numbers and watch them grow from practical tools used by ancient shepherds to practical tools used to drive our digital age. No math or history background is required. If the sight of an equation makes you ill, this presentation is for you. If you love the humanities, sciences, social sciences, medical sciences, business, education, engineering, or anything involving human thought, this lecture is for you! Read more about the lecture at

All are welcome, pizza and refreshments will be served following the lecture.
Location Information:
Main Campus - Mathematics  (View Map)
Boulder, CO
Room: 100
Contact Information:
Name: Department of Mathematics
Phone: (303) 492-3613
Ed Burger
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