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March 3, 2010 Judy Hughes
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Lecturer set to explore tropical mathematics March 25

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tropical mathematics might sound exotic but a speaker at the University of Louisville March 25 will explain how that variation on standard mathematics could have real applications in fields ranging from biology to industrial engineering.

Bernd Sturmfels, professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science at University of California-Berkeley, will give the free, public talk on “Tropical Mathematics” at 6 p.m. in Room 101, Strickler Hall. Sturmfels’ talk is the annual Bullitt lecture sponsored by the UofL mathematics department.

The Bullitt family endowed the general-interest lectureship to honor former U.S. Solicitor General William Marshall Bullitt’s interest in mathematics.

Sturmfels, considered a math experimentalist, joined the UC-Berkeley faculty in 1995 after having taught at Cornell University. He is the 2008-10 vice president of the American Mathematical Society and author of 10 books about mathematical topics.

For more information, call Jake Wildstrom at 502-852-5845 or check


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