Gordon Lecture

Upcoming Events

Here are just a few notable lecturers from past years: 
  • Michael Starbird, mathematician & co-author of “The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking”
  • Michael Nielson, writer, scientist, programmer & author of “Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science”
  • Robin J. Wilson, mathematician & former editor-in-chief of the European Mathematical Society Newsletter
About the Series 

The Doris G. Gordon Lecture Series is named in honor of Doris Gilbert Gordon, a high school mathematics teacher and a friend of Denison. Newark attorney L. James Gordon (’50) and his sister, Janet Gordon Forbes (’55), established the Doris G. Gordon fund in memory of their mother who had a great love of mathematics.

Doris Gordon was a long time resident of Granville and wife of Leland J. Gordon who was a Denison professor of economics. Mrs. Gordon earned a B.A. in mathematics from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being a high school teacher in Pennsylvania and Ohio, she was an instructor in the V-12 Program at Denison in World War II and was later associated with Owens-Corning in a research capacity. Mrs. Gordon also provided her husband with mathematical and statistical data that he used in numerous textbooks.

Series Archives

2017

‘A Surreptitious Sequence: The Catalan Numbers’ (67849)
March 23, 2017
The Gordon Lecture Series presents a discussion about the Catalan numbers.

2016

‘Fluid Adventures: Where Mathematics Meets Art’ (67850)
November 3, 2016
The Gordon Lecture Series welcomes Rachel Levy, associate professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College.
‘Policing, Race and the Rule of Law’ (64808)
March 3, 2016
The Gordon Lecture Series welcomes Professor and Criminologist Lawrence W. Sherman '70 presenting "Counting what Counts in Justice: Policing, Race and the Rule of Law."

2015

The Gordon Lecture Series features David Kung (40446)
October 12, 2015
The Gordon Lecture Series features mathematician, musician and educator David Kung
Human-robot interaction in the future (39231)
March 26, 2015
The Gordon Lecture Series welcomes Keith Miller for a lecture, "The Future of Human/Robot Interactions.

2014

Statistical advantage (38066)
November 6, 2014
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science welcomes Richard J. Cleary, professor of statistics and mathematics at Babson College.

2013

October 24, 2013
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science welcomes Charles Bennett