Mathematician discusses shapes at U Think

On May 9 at 6:30 p.m., Willamette University’s U Think series features Chad Giusti, visiting professor of mathematics, who will present  “A Shapely Pattern.”

“Mathematicians love to discover curious and unexpected patterns in the natural world,” says Giusti. “In this talk, we will explore one of my favorites: the Euler characteristic, a simple numerical formula with wide-ranging implications ranging from mathematics to architecture.”

Giusti earned a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Oregon, and he’s accepted a position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he’ll focus on mathematical neuroscience.

Willamette U Think features professors in an informal environment. The free presentations are geared for the public, and no background knowledge is needed. A question and answer session will follow the talk.

At 189 Liberty St. NE, between Court and State Streets in downtown Salem, Brown's Towne Lounge is open to adults over 21. Tables fill quickly, so arrive early to enjoy food and drink specials before the discussion.