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Klyve to Present First Heilman Memorial Colloquium Talk at Quest University

Renowned mathematics professor Dominic Klyve will present the inaugural Tyler Heilman Memorial Colloquium Talk at Quest University on November 16. Klyve, associate professor of mathematics at Central Washington University, will speak on Leonhard Euler, a Swiss mathematical genius and renaissance man who lived from 1707 to1783.

The Heilman Colloquium speaker is chosen for distinction in scholarship and a dedication to undergraduate research. In addition to giving the first annual Colloquium, Klyve will serve as an external mentor to a Quest student pursuing research in the history of mathematics, and participate in the university’s scholarship conference.

Klyve is a Euler scholar, who developed the online "Euler Archive," and has been instrumental in bringing Euler's many works (on so many different subjects) to light.

"I am honored to be invited to be the first speaker at this colloquium," Klyve said. "I continue to believe that the work of Euler should be more broadly known, and I appreciate the opportunity to share some of it with this audience. I’m also pleased to be able to support Quest, a university I love, and one which reminds me a lot of CWU’s own Douglas Honors College."

In addition to being a mathematician, Euler was a world-class physicist, astronomer, and a leader in fluid dynamics. It’s less well known that Euler wrote philosophy and theology and studied music, as well. Klyve’s own work has demonstrated Euler’s early role in linguistics, and has elucidated Euler’s work in demography and population studies, which led indirectly to Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

In his talk, Klyve plans to examine the some of the highlights from Euler’s lesser-known works, and draw some insights into the value of interdisciplinary thinking today.

A prolific author, Klyve has written more than 40 papers in number theory, the history of mathematics and science, and applied statistics—several of which have been co-authored with his students. He was recently named editor of the College Math Journal, one of the most widely read mathematics journals in the world.

In 2015, he received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop math curriculum based on primary historical sources.

An expert in eighteenth century science, Klyve has written on the mathematics, astronomy, biology, linguistics, and philosophy of the period. He has spoken on the history of math and science across the country and around the world. In 2014, the MAA selected Dominic Klyve with the Alder Award, a national teaching award for young faculty who have a demonstrated impact within and beyond the classroom.

Quest University
In 2002, Quest University Canada is Canada’s first independent, not-for-profit, secular university. Located in British Columbia, the campus is placed and operating on ancestral lands of the Squamish Nation.

Tyler Heilman Memorial Colloquium

Tyler Heilman graduated from Quest University Canada in May 2015. He was 22 years old when he died tragically in a climbing accident. Tyler grew up near Mt. Tabor in southeast Portland, Oregon.

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