Labyrinth Books and Princeton University Press are pleased to present a new partnership that will bring scientists and their work to the Princeton public. "Science & Math Night" will kick off its inaugural event with a medley of math authors.
Mathematicians (and professors) William Dunham and Michael Huber will discuss their books The Calculus Gallery: Masterpieces from Newton to Lebesgue and Mythematics: Solving the Twelve Labors of Hercules. In The Calculus Gallery, Dunham dives into the world of mathematical genius, presenting the great calculus problems and proofs since the development of calculus. While Hercules relied on superhuman strength to accomplish the Twelve Labors, Huber's Mythematics shows how math could have helped during his quest. How does Hercules defeat the Lernean Hydra and stop its heads from multiplying? Can Hercules clean the Augean Stables in a day? What is the probability that the Cretan Bull will attack the citizens of Marathon? How does Hercules deal with the terrifying Kraken? Huber's inventive math problems are accompanied by short descriptions of the Twelve Labors, taken from the writings of Apollodorus, who chronicled the life of Hercules two thousand years ago.
Rounding out the evening, Villanova University's Paul Pasles will discuss his recent book Benjamin Franklin's Numbers. Few American lives have been as celebrated -- or as closely scrutinized -- as that of Benjamin Franklin. Yet until now Franklin's biographers have downplayed his interest in mathematics, at best portraying it as the idle musings of a brilliant and restless mind. Pasles reveals a side of the iconic statesman, scientist, and writer that few Americans know.
We hope you will come out for a night of mathematical fun.