SMS Distinguished Visitor Programme (DVP) 2011

Programme Distinguished Visitor Programme (DVP)
Audience General

The Distinguished Visitor Programme was launched by the Singapore Mathematical Society in 1998. Through the visit of a distinguished mathematician/mathematics educator, who will interact with both mathematicians/mathematics educators at the universities as well as teachers and pupils at the schools here, the aim of the Programme is to expose as large and diverse an audience as possible to the excitement and relevance of mathematics, thereby enhance the awareness of mathematics in our society.

Distinguished Visitor

Professor Frank Morgan , Williams College, USA


Frank Morgan is currently the Webster Atwell '21 Professor of Mathematics at the Williams College and Vice President of the American Mathematical Society. His research is on geometric measure theory and minimal surfaces.

Professor Morgan is most famous for proving the double bubble conjecture on the minimum-surface-area enclosure of double bubbles. He is also well-known as the founder of SMALL, one of the largest and best known summer undergraduate mathematics research programs in the US. Professor Morgan has authored six books, including The Math Chat Book 2000, based on his live, call-in Math Chat TV show and Math Chat column.

More biographical information can be found at Professor Morgan's website.

Special Guest Lecture
Isoperimetric Problems
Part of the 2nd Singapore Mathematical Symposium
May 3 (Tuesday)
Nanyang Technological University, SPMS, LT5 (map)
Teacher's Workshop
Teaching Geometry by Guessing What Soap Bubbles Will Do
May 4 (Wednesday)
2.30pm - 5.30pm
Clementi Town Secondary School, AVA Theatrette, Level 4 (map )
Teacher's Workshop
Soap Bubbles and Current Research
May 5 (Thursday)
3.00pm - 4.30pm
National Institute of Education,
LT7 (map1,map2 )
Public Lecture Soap Bubbles and Mathematics
May 6 (Friday)
3.30pm - 5.300 pm
NUS High School of Maths and Science
Auditorium (map)
Special Guest Lecture

Isoperimetric Problems
In Euclidean space, a round sphere solves the isoperimetric problem by providing the least-area way to enclose a given volume, as was proclaimed by the Ancient Greeks. Two thousand years later, we have been able to solve this problem in relatively few other spaces or Riemannian manifolds. The talk will include open questions and progress by undergraduates.

Target Audience: Undergraduates, graduate students and academics

Teacher's Workshop Teaching Geometry by Guessing What Soap Bubbles Will Do
Before the acquisition of mathematical knowledge, one needs to interest and excite students in their learning with engaging questions. In this session, Professor Morgan will demonstrate on the use of a guessing contest about soap bubbles to teach some geometry. The presentation will include live demonstrations on soap bubles.

Target Audience: Mathematics teachers
Teacher's Workshop Soap Bubbles and Current Research
One way to show students that mathematics is a living, growing discipline is to tell them about and even involve them in current research. We'll give some examples.

Target Audience: Mathematics teachers at High School level and current trainee teachers
Public Lecture Soap Bubbles and Mathematics
Why are soap bubbles round? What about the shape of more complex soap bubble clusters? The show will include recent news, open questions, progress by undergraduates, demonstrations, explanations, and a little guessing contest with prizes.

Target Audience: General public and all children above 11 years old
Registration: Online Registration for the two teacher's workshop and the public lecture.
Those who are interested in attending the special guest lecture should contact Dr Ng directly.

Deadline for registration: April 27, 2011
Registration Fees: Free
Coordinator: Dr Ng Kah Loon  Tel: 65162751  Email: