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 September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust