IDEAS presents X and the City: “Arithmetic” Applied to Urban Life!

Dr. John Adam, Professor, Department of Mathematics at Old Dominion University discusses how we can use elementary mathematics to explore a wide range of entertaining questions about urban life. These include questions such as the following: How did Princess Dido use the hide of an ox to found the city of Carthage (according to legend)? How do you estimate the number of dental or doctor's offices, gas stations, restaurants, or movie theaters in a city of a given size? How can mathematics be used to understand and even maximize traffic flow through tunnels? What are ‘road-bows’ and 'rain circles'? Why do so-called ‘Taxi-Cab circles’ look like squares? And why is Pi equal to four in the city? Finally, what is the likelihood that your city will be hit by an asteroid? This will be an informative, entertaining and non-threatening introduction to the use of mathematics in understanding aspects of city life!

  There will be a book signing following the lecture.

  For more information on Dr. Adam, please

  Speaker: Dr. John Adam

  Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013

  Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

  Location: The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center,
  California Avenue, South Campus

   For more information, please contact the IDEAS Institute at 

  IDEAS provides a focus on cutting-edge issues in science and
  technology for the general public, local public and private school
  teachers and administrators, and college educators. It seeks to
  create public visibility and enhanced understanding of advances in
  science and technology.




Thursday, October 17, 2013


Free and open to the public



Fortunoff Theater
Monroe Lecture Center
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Phone: 516-463-5792
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