Prof. Jonathan Borwein of the University of Newcastle, Australia, will give the “public lecture” at the upcoming meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society on “The life of Pi.” Here are some details: Announcement

Abstract: The desire to understand pi, the challenge, and originally the need, to calculate ever more accurate values of pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, has captured mathematicians——great and less great——for many many centuries and, especially recently, pi has provided compelling examples of computational mathematics. Pi, uniquely in mathematics, is pervasive in popular culture and the popular imagination. In this lecture I shall intersperse a largely chronological account of pi’s mathematical status with examples of its ubiquity.

Time: 6:30pm Tuesday 28 September 2010

Place: Abel Smith Lecture Theatre (Blg 23), University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane, Australia. Parking is available on the St Lucia campus; please check the UQ Website about parking zones, costs and locations.

Viewgraphs: Borwein’s viewgraphs for this lecture are available here: Online presentation.