Professor Erik Demaine
Computer Science
Tate Theater, Tate Student Center

Fun with Fonts: Mathematical Typography

Erik Demaine will give the 2016 Einstein Public Lecture, Fun with Fonts: Mathematical Typography, on Saturday, March 5 at 5:15 p.m. in Tate Theater in the Tate Student Center at the University of Georgia. Demaine is well-known for his significant results, such as a proof of the fold-and-cut theorem, as well as for his legendary curiosity and infectious enthusiasm. Both of these traits, along with his ingenious mind, have led him to tackle and solve problems in diverse areas of mathematics and computer science. 

Erik Demaine has been a MacArthur Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Sloan Research Fellow, and received an NSF Career Award. He is a professor in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who became the Institute's youngest professor ever when he joined its faculty in 2003. 

In this lecture, Demaine will speak about typefonts that he and his father, Martin, have designed, and that are based on mathematical theorems and open problems. Most of the designs include puzzle fonts, in which readers must engage in the mathematics associated with the puzzle in order to read the message. The clever ideas in the lecture, along with Demaine's vibrant style, will make for a very exciting and appealing talk for the general public.

The lecture is presented by the AMS and is aimed at the general public, as well as at mathematicians and other scientists.

A reception hosted by the University of Georgia Department of Mathematics and the AMS will follow in the Grand Hall, Tate Student Center. The 2016 AMS Einstein Public Lecture is part of the Spring 2016 AMS Southeastern Sectional meeting, taking place at the University of Georgia March 5-6.

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Date and time: 
Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 5:15pm to 6:15pm