August 25, 2010
WOOSTER, Ohio - Many of the world's top mathematicians gathered recently at The College of Wooster for the Summer Symposium in Real Analysis (a study of real-valued functions and their properties). Representatives from the Russian Federation, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Botswana, Mexico, Brazil and elsewhere took part in this 34th annual conference.
Sessions addressed such topics as "Irregular Recurrence in Compact Metric Spaces," "Local and Global Curvatures of Self-Similar Sets," "Fuzzy Topological Vector Spaces," "On Recovery of a Function from its Trigonometric Integral," and more than 25 others.
"It was a very impressive and diverse group of scholars," said Pam Pierce, professor of mathematics and computer science at Wooster and the recipient of a $15,700 grant from the National Science Foundation to support the conference.
The keynote addresses were delivered by Steven Krantz of Washington University of St. Louis, who
spoke about "Convexity in Real Analysis," and Marianna Csornyei (University College, London), who discussed "Lusin-Type Integrals." There was also an open session in which participants could discuss current problems and share ideas for possible solutions.
The conference was geared toward upper-level mathematicians from around the globe, so very few
students participated, but David Freund, a rising sophomore at Wooster, worked as an assistant, but also participated in the conference. "He found it to be a fabulous experience," said Pierce. "After talking to mathematicians from all over the world, he is now convinced that he wants to spend his junior year studying mathematics in Budapest.
"It was an honor for Wooster to be selected to host the Summer Symposium," added Pierce. "The conference provided a vibrant forum for people to share the results of their work and to collaborate with others working in the same area. Ultimately, this type of conference helps to further the research being done in real analysis, so it's great that Wooster was able to offer that opportunity for these scholars."
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