Public Lecture: The Mathematics of Planet Earth

The mathematical theme of the year 2013 has been declared by the International Mathematical Union to be The Mathematics of Planet Earth.

On behalf of the South African Mathematical Society and the AIMS Public Lecture Series, we are proud to announce that we will kick off with this theme a few months early by inviting the popular mathematician John Baez to deliver a live streaming video public lecture on this theme from California, on the eve of the SAMS conference.

Speaker: John Baez (University of California, Riverside), via live streaming.

Venue: Van der Sterr Building 1039 (map), Stellenbosch University

Date: Tuesday 30th October 2012

Time: 6pm for 6.30pm. Will be finished by 8pm.


This event is open to members of the public as well as to SAMS delegates. Tickets are R20 for adults (purchase at door) and the event is free for scholars and students who aren’t SAMS delegates. SAMS delegates will get an opportunity to purchase tickets in advance when they register online for the SAMS conference.

The event will begin with an opening address by Professor Mark Swilling, head of the Sustainability Institute at Stellenbosch. Drinks and snacks will be available in the foyer afterwards.

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