10/04/07 MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT, FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
MATH COLLOQUIUM, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 04, 11:00 AM, STARR 138
SPEAKER: Robert McCullough,
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Ferris State University
TITLE: Sputnik – 50 years later
On this date fifty years ago, the world was changed forever when the Soviet Union ushered in the space age and shocked the Western world with the launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1. In this talk we will discuss how a seemingly backward country (as viewed by the United States) could have beaten the rest of the world to this impressive technological achievement. We will consider the political, historical and yes, even some of the mathematical, stories behind this accomplishment and how the world is influenced today by what took place a half century ago on the steppes of Kazakhstan. The launch of Sputnik 1 changed the world from a place where the sky was the limit to one in which it truly is not.
REFRESHMENTS: 11:00 am, STARR 138