Daniel Silver to present 2011 Rimes Lecture April 12

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 4:00pm

MOBILE, Ala. — The Division of Sciences and Mathematics at Spring Hill College will present the 27th Rimes Lecture on Tuesday, April 12th at 7:30 p.m. in Byrne Memorial Hall.

Lecturer is Dr. Daniel S. Silver Professor of Mathematics and Head of Graduate Studies at The University of South Alabama. His topic will be “Lord Kelvin’s Imagination and the Odd Origins of Knot Theory.”

Silver received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yale University in 1980 where his research area was topology, in particular the Theory of Knots.  He is past President of the Mobile Chamber Music Society, founder of the Mobile Mathematical Society and creator of the political and social issues comic strip “Life Forms”, published in the Harbinger.  

Lord Kelvin was one of the greatest and most impulsive scientists of the 19th century. The sight of smoke rings gliding across a room led him to formulate a theory of matter. Kelvin's Vortex Atom Theory would fail, but knot theory would emerge from the debris.

The Rimes Lecture was created to honor the Rev. William J. Rimes, S.J., who dedicated more than 30 years to Spring Hill College as a student, professor and college president. The biology building, Yancey Hall, and the chemistry building, Diegnan Hall, were constructed while Rimes was president. For more information, call the Spring Hill College Division of Sciences at (251) 380-3070.