The Euler Lecture
The Euler Tercentenary Conference
at the MAA MathFest

Friday-Sunday, August 3-5, 2007
San Jose, CA

Please join us On Sunday, August 5 at 1:00 pm for the Euler Lecture, the Euler Society's annual invited lecture.

This year's Euler Lecturer is William Dunham the Truman Koehler Professor of Mathematics at Muhlenberg College. Bill's talk is titled Euler in Three Acts.

Abstract: In this talk, we recognize Euler's tercentenary with a three-part examination of his remarkable output.

Act I provides an overview of his work to suggest the depth and diversity of his life's achievement. Act II considers the 1737 derivation of the "Euler product-sum formula" and its use in proving the divergence of the reciprocals of the primes - arguably the birth of analytic number theory. Finally, in Act III we see Euler's evaluation of a non-trivial integral in which he cleverly enlisted the aid of two illustrious predecessors.

Taken together, these results indicate why Euler's 300th birthday is so worthy of a mathematical celebration.