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CHARLESTON -- "Math Can Be Fun!" Everyone has surely heard that old line before and many of us have been a little reluctant at that notion, but Benson Farb of the University of Chicago will explain how math plays a role in everyone’s life. The presentation will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday in Eastern Illinois University’s Doudna Lecture Hall.

Farb’s visit to campus is part of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Perry Lecture Series.

Farb is an internationally recognized expert on the relationships between algebra and geometry. He entertaining and fascinating presentations are aimed as a variety of audiences and have taken him around the globe. He recently gave a similar presentation like the one he will present at EIU to attendees ranging in age from ten to ninety in Edinburgh, Scotland, where it received rave reviews.

The title of Farb’s presentation is “The Power of X: Polynomials, Braids, and You.” Polynomials describe the world around us and Farb’s lecture will explain surprising new ways mathematicians are understanding polynomials by relating them to braided strings and to object moving around each other in space.

The lecture is presented free of charge and open to the public. If you are one of those who doesn’t believe that math can be fun, join Everyone is welcome to call a friend and discover how math can be fun.

Farb’s lecture is made possible by the support of William Perry, former president of EIU and professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

The Doudna Fine Arts Center is located at 1860 South Seventh St. in Charleston on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Free parking is located near the fine arts center. To arrange accommodations for those needing special assistance, contact Doudna Fine Arts Patron Services at 217-581-3110 or doudnatix@eiu.edu.

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