Be sure to explain the mathematics

Be sure to find and include a detailed list of references with the paper. After each reference you should comment on how you used the reference. In addition, attach a copy of the first page of any web pages you reference at the end of your paper.

What Kind of Mathematician Is Your Mathematician?

Answer as many as possible (you probably won't be able to answer everything,
but do the best that you can and be creative - you can infer the answers
to certain questions by looking in unexpected places):

What influences led them to becoming a mathematician?
Did they have support from family and society? Why did they
become a mathematician?
What kind of barriers did they face while becoming a mathematician?
How do they describe the process of doing mathematics and/or mathematical
research?
How do they get the flashes of insight that they need to do research?
How do their mathematical
minds work? Do they have a photograhic memory? Are they
really good with numbers? Are they good at visualization?
Does the mathematician often collaborate (ie write papers with other
mathematicians) or instead mostly work by themselves?
How are they regarded by other mathematicians?
What kind of awards or honors have they received?
How many mathematical papers/books has the mathematician written? (We
will partially answer this question in lab on the 13th.)
How many students have they had? Other creative explorations to
indicate what kind of mathematician they are?

**Presentations on November 14:**

Euclid (~325 BC-265 BC) Euclid's Postulates for Euclidean Geometry

Maria Agnesi (1718-1799) The witch of Agnesi

Sophie Germain (1776-1831) Her work on
Fermat's Last Theorem and Sophie Germain primes

Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) Non-Euclidean Geometry

**Presentations on November 16:**

Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920) Estimating the number of primes less than a
given number.

Paul Erdos (1913-1996) The party problem

David Blackwell (1919-) Game Theory

Mary Ellen Rudin (1924-) Topology: Why a basketball is the same as a football

**Presentations on November 21 (the day before Thanksgiving break):**

Carolyn Gordon (1950-) Can you hear the shape of a drum?

Ingrid Daubechies (1954-) Wavelets

Frank Morgan (195?-) The double bubble problem

Katherine Okikiolu (1965-) Hearing the shape of a drum

- one that flows smoothly?

- one that includes enough eye contact with the audience?

- professional?
#### Brief Life and Work Summary

- a clear summary of the mathematician's life and work?

#### What Kind of Mathematician is My Mathematician?

- one that answers this question by using the guidelines in the assignment?
- one that deeply explores this issue?
#### Mathematics

- one that clearly states the mathematics?

- one that contains correct mathematics?

- presented slowly and clearly enough so that Dr. Sarah can follow?
- presented slowly enough so that others who haven't seen it before can follow?
- one that discusses the mathematics as directed in the assignment?
- one which defines all variables, terminology, and notation used?

- one with enough writing on the board?
- one that flows smoothly?
- one where everything that is written is also orally communicated?
- one that includes eye contact?
- one which gives simple examples?
- one which discusses the mathematics in the speaker's own words?
- one that discusses the importance of the work in the context of mathematics, the real world, and applications?
- one that explores the mathematics deeply?
- one that explains any graphs, equations or statements mentioned?