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IIT Karl Menger Lecture and Awards 2010

The Department of Applied Mathematics at IIT hosted Donald Saari, of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, as the 2010 Karl Menger Lecturer.  The Lecture, part of the fourth annual Karl Menger Lecture and Awards, was given April 19-20, 2010 on the Illinois Institute of Technology main campus.  Saari's lecture was Arrow's Theorem: What Does It Really Mean and How Does It Affect All Academic Disciplines?.   Watch this page for announcements concerning the 2011 Karl Menger Lecture and Awards



Made possible with the generous support of the Menger family; Department of Applied Mathematics, Illinois Institute of Technology; the Menger Fund; and Alumni Relations.

Schedule of Events

Monday, April 19, 2010

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Recent Alumni Reception, LaSalle Bank Executive Conference Room, MTCC
Alumni from the classes of 1999-2008 will share their experiences since graduating.

Events from 12:45 - 4:30 p.m. will take place in the McCloska Ballroom, MTCC

12:45-1:40 pm - Math Club Meeting
Professor Donald Saari, University of California, Irvine, will talk informally with members of the Math Club; all alumni are welcome. Light lunch provided.

2 pm - Memories of IIT
Join in as alumni and friends tell their stories of IIT & Professor Karl Menger.

2:50 pm - Poster Session
Viewing of Student Research Posters

3:15 pm - Faculty Research Presentation
"How Does Noise Affect Dynamics?"
Presentation by Professor Jinqiao Duan, together with his student, Xingye Kan.

4:30 pm - Lecture, McCloska Auditorium, MTCC
Donald Saari"Arrow's Theorem: What Does It Really Mean and How Does It Affect All Academic Disciplines?"Delivered by Professor Donald Saari of the University of California.

"Arrow's Theorem" is a beautiful mathematical result; it is among the mathematical theorems that have had the greatest impact over the last half century. Yet, most mathematicians have, at best, only a passing acquaintance with it. After introducing the theorem in this expository lecture, I will then explain why the result does not mean what almost everyone has accepted for 50 years. After a reinterpretation and extension, it will then be shown how this result has serious implications for all disciplines== in particular, engineering, astronomy, decision analysis, and so forth.

Donald Saari is a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Economics and Mathematics at the University of California, Irvine, where he also serves as the Director of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences. His research crosses several mathematical disciplines, and he is a Fellow of both SIAM and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prof. Saari is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

5:40 pm - Presentation of Awards
Presentation of the IIT Karl Menger Student Award for Exceptional Scholarship by a Student and the Applied Math poster competition winners.

6:00 pm - Reception, McCloska Ballroom, MTCC

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Donald Saari will meet with students and faculty.

11:25 am - Research Talk Presentation: Dark Matter: A Mathematician's Perspective  Location: E1 244

12:30 pm - Lunch with Faculty

4:40 - 5:30 pm - Lecture: "How to Be a Successful Applied Mathematician"
with the SIAM student chapter.  Location: E1 244


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More About Karl Menger

Karl Menger was a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics at IIT from 1946-1971, and influenced many students, fellow faculty members, and friends during his lifetime.  Regarded as one of the finest mathematicians of the 20th century, he made significant contributions to the fields of dimension theory, probability, economics, ethics, geometry, and calculus.

Further Reading

Biography of Karl Menger, compiled by Professor Greg Fasshauer at IIT.

Calculus: A Modern Approach, Menger's Calculus textbook.

Selecta Mathematica, Vol 1 & 2, a compilation of Menger's major mathematical papers.

Unexplored Dimensions: Karl Menger on Economics and Philosophy, a collection of Menger's papers while at the University of Vienna.