PIMS/Shell Lunchbox Lecture: Cristian Rios

  • Date: 04/16/2015
Cristian Rios, University of Calgary

Calgary Place Tower (Shell)


It’s a Mathematical World [video]



The “language" of mathematics has been developed since the dawn of humanity to describe and comprehend the surrounding world and its phenomena. Mathematics as a science and a school subject is widely identified with the mechanical rules of algebra or calculus, and with the symbolic writings native to this discipline. In this talk I will attempt to bring a perspective of mathematics as a natural, everyday endeavour, which each one of us lives and performs every day, most of the time without even realizing that we do so. I will present several examples in which the pervasiveness of mathematics in our everyday life will be illustrated, and I will also show some interesting mathematical applications through modelling. This particular feature, that the universe can be modelled "by the use of a minimum of primary concepts and relations” (A. Einstein) is one of the most puzzling properties of our universe.  Finally, I will discuss some of these historic reflections on the nature of mathematics and its connection to the “real” world.

Other Information: 

A video of this event is available on mathtube.org.


Location: Calgary Place Tower 1 (330 5th Avenue SW), Room 1116


Time: 12:00-1:00 pm





PIMS is grateful for the support of Shell Canada Limited, Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education, and the University of Calgary for
their support of this series of lectures.