Sixth Annual IIT Karl Menger Lecture and Award

Monday, April 23, 2012

The IIT Department of Applied Mathematics' annual Karl Menger Lecture series is a wonderful opportunity for IIT alumni and friends to gather together and hear from leading experts in the mathematics field.

The sixth annual Menger Lecture will be held on Monday, April 23. We encourage you to make this lecture series your own personal IIT tradition. We have a full afternoon of activities beginning at 12:45pm. For the latest information about this lecture, visit

The McCormick Tribune Campus Center Auditorium
IIT Main Campus, Chicago

RSVP by April 17, 2012
Contact Lauren Shelby at 312.567.5030 or, or click the button at the top of the page to register online. 

Meet our Speaker

Philip Holmes
Philip Holmes is Eugene Higgins Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and a member of Princeton University's Neuroscience Institute. He currently works on the neuromechanics of animal locomotion, and on the neurodynamics of decision making. He will lecture on "One and a quarter centuries of nonlinear dynamics: More is different and less is more."

IIT Karl Menger Lecture Abstract

In 1889, for his paper on Hamiltonian dynamics and the three-body problem of celestial mechanics, Henri Poincare was awarded a prize established to honor the 60th birthday of King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway. As the paper was being edited for publication in Acta Mathematica, a serious error came to light. In correcting the error, Poincare discovered the phenomenon that we now call deterministic chaos. The resulting 270-page paper is essentially the first textbook in the modern geometrical theory of dynamical systems. Holmes will tell the story of this paper, some of the key contributions to which it led (Smale's horseshoe, Kolmogorov-Arnold-Moser theory, center manifolds and bifurcations), and end by describing some applications of dynamical systems theory in fluid, solid and celestial mechanics.

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