2006 Serge Lang Undergraduate Lecture

The 2006 Serge Lang Undergraduate Lecture will be delivered by William Stein on August 28, 2006.

MUSA and the Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, present

The 2006 Serge Lang Undergraduate Lecture
William Stein
Associate Professor of Mathematics
University of Washington

"SAGE - Software for Algebra and Geometry Experimentation"
Monday, August 28

60 Evans - 4:10-5:00pm

Abstract: If Serge Lang used computers for mathematics research, I suspect that he would be passionately in favor of open source software and maybe even more passionately against closed source mathematics software. I have spent the last two years working very hard (primarily with undergraduates!) to unify and make easy to use free open source software for mathematics research (see http://modular.math.washington.edu/sage). In this talk, I will explain the philosophy behind this new software, and illustrate it with many concrete examples related to elliptic curves and the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture.

The lecture will be proceeded by a special tea in memory of Serge Lang in 1015 Evans.