This lecture was filmed at the 2017 National Math Festival in Washington, D.C. and features Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman of Bowdoin College and the Mathematics and Climate Research Network.
Whatever your talents, and whatever your passions, you can use them to help our planet. This is especially true if you enjoy math. In this talk, we'll explore the mathematics of "tipping points” — dramatic moments when a system suddenly shifts from one state to another — and see how it can help us to understand the Earth's past and make better decisions for its future.
Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman uses mathematics within cross-disciplinary research communities to help understand sustainability, climate change, and protecting the health of the planet. Zeeman is a co-director of the Mathematics and Climate Research Network, a member of the executive council of the Computational Sustainability Network, and a co-leader of the Mathematics of Planet Earth Initiative. She is a professor of Mathematics at Bowdoin College.
The National Math Festival thanks Bowdoin College and The Computational Sustainability Network for their support of this program.