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2023 Alice Louise Reynolds Women in Scholarship Lecture

Thursday, November 30
11:00 AM - 11:55 AM
Reynolds Auditorium HBLL 1060

Emily Evans, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, will present the 2023 Alice Louise Reynolds Women in Scholarship Lecture.


In mathematics, the gold standard of verifying the truthfulness of a statement is a rigorous mathematical proof. Before such a proof can be constructed, one must have a conjecture or an educated guess on what might be true. Where does such an educated guess come from? Frequently, it comes from considering patterns These patterns often come from asking the same question with different input data. In this talk Dr. Evans will consider the question of determining "Who my missing friend is?", discover a few interesting patterns, and finally talk about the varied mathematical ways these patterns can be proved.

The Harold B. Lee Library can trace its beginnings to a committee on which Alice Louise Reynolds served, first as a member and later as chair. She devoted many years to building the dream of a large and comprehensive university library at BYU. Today the Harold B. Lee Library stands as a monument to her dedication and vision.

This lecture series has been established to honor Alice Louise Reynolds and to feature women in scholarship. It is through the generosity of members of the Alice Louise Reynolds Clubs and other Friends of the Library that the endowment for this annual lectureship has been made possible.

November 30, 11:00 am in The Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1 of the BYU library.