|Math Coffee: "Breaking Driver's License Codes" Dr. Joseph A. Gallian, University of Minnesota Duluth
When: September 07,
Chambers BuildingTicket Required: No
Many states use complicated algorithms or formulas to assign driver's license numbers but keep the method confidential. Dr. Gallian says, "Just for the fun of it, I attempted to figure out how the states code their license numbers. In this talk I will discuss how I was able to break the codes for Minnesota and Missouri." The talk illustrates an important problem-solving technique used by scientists but is not emphasized in mathematics classes. It also teaches the lesson that sometimes things done just for the sake of curiosity can have applications. The talk is intended for a general audience. No advanced mathematics is needed.
Joseph Gallian, who will deliver the annual Bernard Lecture on the preceding evening, is the Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Past President of The Mathematical Association of America, he is well known for his contributions to mathematics and to teaching, and for his encouragement of undergraduate research. In addition to his mathematics courses, he has taught a Humanities course on "The Lives and Music of the Beatles" for more than 25 years. A highly popular speaker and the recipient of numerous awards, Professor Gallian was named as one of the "100 Great Duluthians of the 20th Century" in the year 2000.
Gather in the math hallway for refreshments that will precede the talk.
Contact: Prof. Donna Molinek