Voltaire's Coffee: Dr. Michael Starbird, Professor of Mathematics; Fall 2009
Mon, August 31, 2009 • 7:00 PM • This VC will be held at Professor Starbird's home. Address information will be distributed to those registered in the VC.
Any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels, led by Dr. Michael Starbird, Professor of Mathematics
About the book: Sherlock Holmes is the most famous detective in fiction. The 56 short stories and four novels present us with a wealth of delight as we follow Holmes' amazing deductions. Some moments in the stories are truly classics such as the exchange in 'Silver Blaze': Inspector Gregory: "Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?" Holmes: "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time." Gregory: "The dog did nothing in the night-time." "That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes. Please read as many of the stories as you wish.
About the professor: Michael Starbird is Professor of Mathematics and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.A. degree from Pomona College in 1970 and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1974. That same year, he joined the faculty of the Department of Mathematics of The University of Texas at Austin, where he has stayed except for leaves as a Visiting Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California, San Diego; and a member of the technical staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He also teaches a Plan II mathematics course and regularly serves on the faculty panel for the Plan II Perspectives class in the Spring. Within the Plan II community he is most beloved for his sense of humor, his colorful sweaters, and his infamous Jabberwocky poem (in German and Japanese).