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Department of Mathematics

Isidore and Hilda Dressler Lectures

The Dressler Lecture Series was established by a gift from Robert and Leona Dressler on March 20, 1986, to the Kansas State University Foundation. The purpose of the gift is to honor the memories of Isidore and Hilda Dressler, and to provide funds from the interest on the endowment for annual lectures to be given by internationally prominent mathematicians. The lecture series emphasizes mathematics as a foundational discipline for science, commerce, and the arts. The lectures also underscore the fact that mathematics is a creative field and that mathematical research is a response both to the needs of other sciences and to its own inner dynamic which compels the study of abstract patterns.

Isidore Dressler was born in New York City in 1908 and received his B.S. summa cum laude from the College of the City of New York in 1929 where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1928. After receiving his M.A. From Columbia University in 1933, he taught first at Boy's High School and then later at Bayside High School where he was chairman of the Department of Mathematics until 1969. After retiring in 1969 from Bayside High School, he served as Adjunct Professor at Pace University in New York City. Isidore Dressler was the author of over a dozen high-school mathematics texts.

Hilda Ratner Dressler received her B.S. from New York University in 1931 and her M.D. cum laude from Boston University in 1934. After her internship, she was appointed attending physician at New York Infirmary in 1940 and also began a private medical practice which she maintained for over 35 years. In 1984, she was appointed Physician Advisor at Flushing Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. She was president emerita of the Queens County Medical Society.

Past Talks

    • March 1,2018
      Yasha Eliashberg (Stanford University)
      From Differential Topology to Symplectic and Back


    • May 2, 2017
      Kevin Ford (University of Illinois)
      Consecutive Composite Values in Polynomial Sequences


    • April 26, 2016
      Daniel Goldston (San Jose State University)
      Bounded Gaps Between Primes: Not As Hard to Prove As We Thought

    • May 5, 2015
      Cameron Stewart (University of Waterloo)
      Arithmetic and Transcendence

    • April 10, 2014
      Igor Shparlinski (University of New South Wales)
      Distribution of Points on Varieties Over Finite Fields

    • April 25, 2013
      Roger Baker (Brigham Young University)
      Sieves In Number Theory

    • September 18, 2012
      Kannan Soundararajan (Stanford University)
      The Riemann zeta-function and related L-functions: A progress report

    • January 24, 2012
      Ken Ono (Emory University)
      Adding and Counting

    • April 20, 2010
      Bjorn Poonen (MIT)
      Undecidability In Number Theory

    • March 11, 2010
      Trevor Wooley, FRS (University of Bristol)
      Counting Integral Solutions of Diagonal Equations

    • October 23, 2007
      Sergei Konyagin (Moscow State University)
      Good Distribution of the Values of Sparse Polynomials Modulo a Prime (video)

    • December 6, 2005
      Alf van der Poorten, AM (Centre for Number Theory Research, Sydney and School of Mathematics and Statistics, Sydney University)
      Paper Folding, Automata, and Rational Functions

    • April 16, 2002
      Maxim Kontsevich (I.H.E.S., Bures-sur-Yvette, France and Rutgers University)
      A New Viewpoint in Non-Archimedian Geometry

    • March 27, 2001
      Carl Pomerance (Bell Labs and Universtiy of Georgia)
      Hard Number Theory Problems and Cryptography

    • December 7, 1999
      Gregory Margulis (Yale University)
      Diophantine Approximation, Lattices and Flows On Homogenous Spaces

    • March 18, 1999
      Peter Sarnak (Princeton Univrsity)
      Zeroes of Zeta Functions and Symmetry

    • October 28,1997
      Kenneth Ribet (University of California at Berkley)
      Fermat's Last Theorem

    • November 12, 1996
      Michael Aschbacher (California Institute of Technology)
      The Classification of the Finite Simple Groups

    • October 24, 1995
      Victor Kac (MIT)
      Sums of Squares and Supersymmetry

    • November 1, 1994
      Joan Birman (Columbia University)
      Studying Links Via Closed Braids

    • November 2, 1993
      Dennis Sullivan (Graduate School & University Center, CUNY)
      On the Mathematics of Fluid Motion

    • October 13, 1992
      Louis de Branges (Purdue University)
      A Construction of Invariant Subspaces

    • October 22, 1991
      Barry Mazur (Harvard University)
      The Elliptic Modular Function & the Monster Group

    • November 20, 1990
      Enrico Bombieri (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
      Solving f(x,y) = 0 in Rational Numbers and Integers: What We Know, and What We Don't Know

    • February 27, 1990
      Wolfgang Schmidt (University of Colorado)
      Power Series Expansions of Algebraic Functions

    • November 3, 1988
      John Conway (Princeton University)
      1, 11, 21, 1211, 111221, 312211, 13112221, ...?

    • February 23, 1988
      Hugh Montgomery (University of Michigan)
      Irregularities of Point Distributions

    • April 28, 1987
      Daniel Gorenstein (Rutgers University)
      The Enormous Theorem: Classifying the Finite Simple Groups