How do you estimate the number of dental or doctor’s offices, gas stations, restaurants, or movie theaters in a city of a given size? How can mathematics be used to understand and even maximize traffic flow through tunnels?
For its first event of the 2013-2014 academic year, Hofstra’s IDEAS Institute – the Institute for the Development of Education in the Advanced Sciences – is presenting the lecture “X and the City: ‘Arithmetic’ Applied to Urban Life,” by Dr. John Adam, professor of mathematics at Old Dominion University and author of the book X and the City: Modeling Aspects of Urban Life.
The lecture will take place on Thursday, October 17, 7:30-9 p.m. at The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, California Avenue, South Campus. Admission is free.
Dr. Adam’s talk involves observations and examples of how mathematics undergirds and plays an important part in the metropolitan landscape. For example, can you predict whether a traffic light will stay green long enough for you to cross the intersection? What is the likelihood that your city will be hit by an asteroid?
This will be an informative, entertaining and non-threatening introduction to the use of mathematics in understanding aspects of city life.
For more information visit www.hofstra.edu/IDEAS or call (516) 463-5792.