Donald H. Clanton Visiting Mathematician


On March 1, 2010, the Department of Mathematics hosted
the 2009-10 Donald H. Clanton Visiting Mathematician:

Professor Donald G. Saari
UCI Distinguished Professor: Mathematics and Economics
Professor (courtesy): Logic and Philosophy of Science
Director: Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences
University of California, Irvine

Dr. Saari gave two talks on March 1, 2010.

Donut Power: Mathematical Consequences of a Torus
Patrick Hall, Townes Science Center
March 1, 2010
2:00 PM
(please note the revised time)

Mathematically, a torus can be represented by the surface of a donut. While it may sound tasty, it is not clear of what value, or even interest, a torus can be. As shown in this lecture, expect it to explain all sorts of mysteries ranging from problems of vision, capturing emotions, the reason there are 435 representatives in the US Congress, and, should time permit, all sorts of other applications.


Did Your Group Elect Whom They Really Wanted?
Shaw Hall, Younts Conference Center
March 1, 2010
7:30 PM

In university clubs, in social groups, in fraternities and sororities, in legislatures, in our country, we have elections to select our leaders, or maybe to determine what kind of pizza to order. But, will a group elect whom or what they really want? Not necessarily. Instead, subtle mathematical features of standard election rules can force the outcome to be what most voters do not want. How about the way in which basketball teams are ranked (which affects the “March Madness” seedings), or figure skating, or gymnastics judged; can the rules affect the outcome? Some of you will leave worried that the "wrong person won" in a recent election that was dear to you.