Can Mathematics Be Fun?
PAUL HALMOS
MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1992

The word mathematics usually conjures up frightful
images-integrals, derivatives, geometrical proofs,
and, worse yet, story problems. More often than not,
math constitutes trial rather than triumph. All that is
about to change. The Athenaeum welcomes Dr. Paul
Halmos
to tell us how math can be fun. He is the math
department's contribution to the Academic Leaders
series.

Dr. Halmos is especially interested in the mathematical fields of algebraic logic, probability, statistics,
measure, and ergodic theory. He has published twelve
books (if you don't count second editions or collections
of articles) and over 120 articles. He has been awarded a
Guggenheim Fellowship, the Steele Prize from the
American Mathematical Association, the Chauvenet
Prize, and the Lester Ford Prize, twice, from the
Mathematical Association of America. In addition he
has been a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and
a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Halmos received his bachelor's degree, master's
degree, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He
has taught in Illinois, Syracuse, Chicago, Michigan,
Indiana, and Santa Barbara. Currently he is a professor
at Santa Clara University. He has been a visiting
professor at Harvard, Tulane, Berkeley, the University
of Edinburgh in Scotland, and the Institute for
Advanced Study in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Please join us for Dr. Halmos' presentation, "Can
Mathematics Be Fun?" Return the enclosed reservation
form if you want to join us for dinner at 6:00 and the
preceding reception at 5:30. The talk will begin at 7:00.