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MIT computer science professor to give 2016 Einstein Public Lecture at UGA

Erik Demaine will give the 2016 Einstein Public Lecture, “Fun with Fonts: Mathematical Typography,” March 5 at 5:15 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Theatre.

Demaine is well known for his significant results, such as a proof of the fold-and-cut theorem as well as for his legendary curiosity and infectious enthusiasm. Both of these traits, along with his ingenious mind, have led him to tackle and solve problems in diverse areas of mathematics and computer science.

In this lecture, Demaine will speak about typefonts that he and his father, Martin, have designed. Based on mathematical theorems and open problems, most of the designs include puzzle fonts, in which readers must engage in the mathematics associated with the puzzle to read the message.

A reception hosted by the Franklin College’s mathematics department and the AMS will follow Demaine’s talk. The 2016 AMS Einstein Public Lecture is part of the spring 2016 American Mathematical Society Southeastern sectional meeting, taking place at UGA March 5-6.