High School Math Night

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What is it?

The UW-Madison math department organizes a series of talks aimed at high school students throughout the semester. Our goal is to present fun talks that give students a taste of interesting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, the way images are shaded in video games, and how credit card numbers are securely transmitted over the internet.

Important: After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker to ask questions about college, careers in science, etc.

Alright, I want to come!

Great! If you're a high school teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in Van Vleck Hall on the UW campus). We'd also appreciate if you email us the dates that your group will be attending, so we can purchase the appropriate amount of pizza.

If you're a high school student, speak with your high school teacher about organizing a car pool to the math night (and tell us how many people are coming!)


If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the Math Night organizers: math-night@math.wisc.edu.


We'll meet on Thursday evenings, several times during the UW's semester. A detailed calendar is below.

Talks this semester

More details about each talk to follow. All talks are at 7pm in Van Vleck Hall.

Date Speaker Title & Abstract
February 17th, 2011 Andrew Bridy TBA
March 10th, 2011 Ed Dewey TBA
March 24th, 2011 Lalit Jain TBA
April 7th, 2011 Balazs Strenner TBA
April 29th, 2011 Nigel Boston TBA