Presenter: Norm Eggert

  • Date: Monday, May 8
  • Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Holiday Inn

People sometimes say, “I have not used calculus since college.” Mathematicians always disagree. This side trip will demonstrate how all of us (even our beloved canine companions!) use calculus every day.

No mathematical knowledge is required for full participation in this program. The instructor asks only that participants suppress “math anxiety,” if they have this common ailment, to the best of their ability. This program will rely on open-minded audience participation.

Where will we begin? With the pleasantly familiar idea of a ball thrown by a pitcher – and caught by a dog. 

EbbertNorm Eggert is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Montana State University. After earning his PhD in mathematics from the University of Colorado, he joined the faculty at MSU, where he taught for 30 years. Upon retiring in 1998, he taught for a year in Almaty, Kazakhstan. At MSU he worked with graduate students and advanced undergraduate students. Although his students primarily came from math and sciences, he has long been interested in bringing mathematics to a wider audience.

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Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust