Bullitt Lecture in Mathematics: Bernd Sturmfels, "Tropical Mathematics"

When Mar 25, 2010
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Strickler Hall 101, Middleton Auditorium
Contact NameSteven Seif, Dept of Mathematics
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Title:  "Tropical Mathematics" by Bernd Sturmfels

In tropical arithmetic, the sum of two numbers is their minimum and the product of two numbers is their usual sum. Many results familiar from high school algebra and geometry, including the formula for solving quadratic equations and the fact that two lines meet in one point, continue to hold in the tropics. In this lecture we learn how to draw tropical curves and why biologists might care about this.


Bernd Sturmfels is a Professor of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. A leading experimentalist among mathematicians, Sturmfels has authored 10 books and 175 research articles in the areas of combinatorics, algebraic geometry, symbolic computations and their applications. He currently works on algebraic methods in optimization, statistics, and the life sciences.

  • Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Middleton Auditorium, Strickler Hall 101



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