It has been more than two years since confirmation of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in West Africa. Now, with the end of the outbreak in sight, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from the experience. The global impact of that epidemic, and recent outbreaks of SARS and influenza, offer critical insights on preventing future such crises. Mathematical biologist Carlos Castillo-Chavez illustrates the crucial roles ecological, social, political, and economic factors play in the spread of devastating diseases and their implications for preventing future epidemics.
Carlos Castillo-Chavez is an SFI external professor and a Regents Professor and professor of mathematical biology at Arizona State University. He has co-authored more than 200 scholarly publications. He is a member of the Board of Higher Education at the National Academy of Sciences and serves on President Barack Obama’s Committee on the National Medal of Science.
Seeing the Future in Our Past: Why Archaeology Matters Jeremy Sabloff September 9-10, 2014
Most people think archaeology is fascinating but irrelevant to the problems of the modern world. Jerry Sabloff begs to differ. Where archaeologists once concerned themselves with palaces, temples, and princely lifestyles, they now want to know how the common people lived. Through the lens of the ancient Maya, he shows how lessons today's archaeologists are learning about the past offer insights that could shape present and future human societies.
From Pythagoras'; observations of the fundamental mathematical relationship between vibrating strings and harmony to the digitized musical world we enjoy today, The Majesty of Music and Mathematics will explore the remarkable interweaving of the languages of music and mathematics.
Dr. Cris Moore, physicist and mathematician at The Santa Fe Institute and David Felberg, the Santa Fe Symphony's own concertmaster and guest conductor, will guide you through an engaging evening of music from Bach to Adams, Beethoven to John Williams, plus mathematical discoveries and applications from Fourier to Moog and Theremin. Don't miss this inspiring and enthralling exploration of The Majesty of Music and Mathematics.
Presented by the Santa Fe Institute, the Santa Fe Symphony and underwritten by the Sydney & Andrew Davis Foundation.