Math Club
Stony Brook University 

The Stony Brook Math Club is intended for students interested in exploring the mathematical universe. Students meet weekly. Approximately once a month there are also talks during the Campus Lifetime (Wednesdays at 1pm) in Math P131. At the Wednesday meetings, there are problem sets and informal student discussions, which could involve anything from origami to cool tricks to use on a calculus exam. The Wednesday talks will generally be more mathematical in depth and are given by professors, undergraduates, or anyone in between. Pizza is always provided! You can join the mailing list by visiting http://groups.google.com/group/sbmath.
Thursday Sept. 8th, 1pm, P131  Yuval Peres  Learning with a perfect expert: How much weight should majority opinion carry?  Abstract 
March 2nd, 2016 Physics 117  Matthieu Arfeux  A quick trip through fractals 
Abstract 
February 17th, 2016, 1pm Physics 117 
Tanya Khovanova  Cookie Monster Plays Games  Abstract 
October 28, 1pm, 2015 P131  Alexander Kirillov  Quivers and their representations  Abstract 
September 30th, 2015, SCGP 103, 1pm  Simon Donaldson  Four dimensional manifolds  Abstract 
Tuesday May 5th, 2015, 1pm, P131.  Hugo Parlier  Puzzles, Triangulations and Moduli Spaces  Abstract 
April 27th, 2015, 1pm, P131  Joe Mitchell  Optimal Enclosures and Peeling
Potatoes: Computing Outer and Inner Approximations of Shapes  A Computational Geometry Perspective 
Abstract 
October 8th, 2014, 1pm, P131  Yaar Solomon  How to tile the plane nonperiodically?  Abstract 
September 10th, 2pm, P131  Nick Trefethen  Numerical computing with Chebfun  Abstract 
Friday April 11th 2014, 2:30pm Physics P116,  Jason Cantarella  Robot Calculus, or how to always win at bean bag toss (if you are a robot)  Abstract 
March 5th, 2014, Math P131  Irwin Kra  What is a (compact) Riemann surface?  Abstract 
Thursday February 13th 2014, 1pm, Math p131  Russell Lyons  Coins tossing to the Drunk Lamplighter  
November 12th 2013 1pm Math P131  Arnaud Cheritat  Straightening the square 
Abstract 
October 9th 2013 1pm Math P131  Thomas Hales  How to do without blunders  Abstract 
September 11th 2013 1pm Math P131  Tony Phillips  Geometry of polyhedral surfaces, gravitational lensing and the AharonovBohm experiment.  Abstract 
April 10th 2013,1:00pm, Math P131  Phillip Webster  Fractal Islamic Geometric Patterns Based on Arrangements of {n/2}Stars.  Abstract 
February 6th 2013,1:00pm, Math P131  Joe Mitchell  Guarding Art Galleries, Patroling Prisons, Shoveling Snow, and Surveying Planets.  Abstract 
October 24th 2012,
12:50pm, Math P131 
John Morgan 
The
mathematics behind the umbilic torus 

September 19th 2012, 12:50pm, Math P131  Dennis Sullivan  Stories about Bill Thurston and related mathematics.  Abstract 
April 11th 2012, 12:50pm, Math P131  Dusa McDuff  Embedding questions in symplectic geometry: an elementary introduction.  Abstract 
February 1st 2012, 12:50pm, Math P131  Jim Simons  My Life and Times in Mathematics.  
December 7n 2011, 12:50pm, Math P131  Mikhail Lyubich  The Mandelbrot set and the Riemann Mapping Theorem.  Abstract 
November 2n 2011, 4:30pm, Math P131  Bernie Maskit  Complex structures on a torus.  Abstract 
October 28, 2011, 4:30pm Math P131  Maria Hempel  Flexible Polyhedra.  Abstract 
October 5, 2011, 12:501:45pm, Math P131  Chris Bishop  How to draw a conformal map. Slides of the talk.  Abstract 
April 13, 2011, 12:501:45pm, Math P131  George Hart  Mathematics and Art  Abstract 
March 9, 2011, 12:501:45pm, Math P131  Marianna Csornyei  On the Visibility of Invisible Sets  Abstract 
December 1, 2010, 12:501:45pm, Math P131  Alex Kontorovich  Primes in Circle Packings  
October 27, 2010, 12:501:45pm, Math P131  Jack Milnor  Geometry of growth and form  
September 29, 2010, 12:501:45pm, Math P131  Scott Sutherland  Complex polynomials and branched covers  
April 21, 2010, 12:501:45pm, Math P131  Marco Martens  Cantor Sets and Chaos  Abstract 
March 17, 2010, 12:501:45pm, Math P131  Alex Kunin  Origametry  Abstract 
February 3, 2010, 12:501:45pm, Math P131  Jeremy Kahn  A simple proof of the Vaan der Waarden theorem  Abstract 
November 18, 2009, 12:501:45pm, Math P131  Oleg Viro  Can straight lines be interlaced?  Abstract 
October 14, 2009, 12:501:45pm, Math P131  Chris Arettines  Visualizing curves and their intersections on surfaces  Abstract 
Let ABCD be a quadrilateral inscribed in a circle with center O so that the angles DAO and BAC are the same. Show that the diagonals, AC and BD, in ABCD are perpendicular. pdf
April 2010  problem and solution  Winners: Du Huang, Ahmad Rafiqi, Kevin Sackel ('13)  Prize: The Poincare Conjecture: In Search of the Shape of the Universe by Donal O'Shea  
February 2010  problem and solution  Winners: Kevin Sackel ('13), Ren Yi ('11)  Prize: Music of the Primes by Marcus du Satoy  
November 2009  problem and solution  Winner: Kevin Sackel ('13)  Prize: Algebra by Michael Artin 
If you'd like something more challenging, try this or Conjecture 1 at the bottom of page 3 here; the footnote on page 1 and everything on pages 46 can be ignored. This would make an excellent honors thesis, as well as an actual research publication.