### Public Lecture

There’s a math conference (Canadian Mathematical Society) going on this Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Vancouver. I’ll be speaking there, but you probably aren’t interested in a research talk. What you might be interested in, though, is the Public Lecture. The Public Lecture is a long tradition in math conferences (and other places): it’s aimed at a non-specialist lay-person audience. It’s usually entertaining and very down to earth. This year’s speaker is reported to be excellent.

Saturday, 20:00 – 21:00: Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites – 1763 Comox Street, Vancouver

Abstract:

- RON GRAHAM, University of California at San Diego

*Searching for the Shortest Network* - Suppose you are given some set of cities and you would like to connect them all together with a network having the shortest possible total length. How hard is it to find such a shortest network? This classical problem has challenged mathematicians for nearly two centuries, and today has great relevance in such diverse areas as telecommunication networks, the design of VLSI chips and molecular phylogenetics. In this talk, I will summarize past accomplishments, present activities and future challenges for this fascinating topic.

Here’s the flyer: Public Lecture