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Lecture Videos

The MAA sponsors a variety of public lectures, many of them held at the MAA Carriage House. Whether a Gathering 4 Gardner event or part of the NSA-funded Distinguished Lecture Series, the lectures feature some of the foremost experts within the field of mathematics, known for their ability to make current mathematical ideas accessible to non-specialists. The presentations provide a fabulous and fun learning opportunity for both professionals and students, as well as anyone interested in learning more about current trends in mathematics and the relationship between mathematics and broader scientific, engineering and technological endeavors. 

For a complete listing of lectures—along with abstracts, speaker biographies, and links to lecture recaps—visit the main lecture page.

Video footage and slidecasts—presenters' slides synced to audio from their talks and interspersed with still shots—of many MAA lectures are collected below for easy browsing.

Short Versions of MAA Lectures

Movie Magic: The Mathematics behind Hollywood's Visual Effects
Eitan Grinspun, March 1, 2017

Math and the Vote
Moon Duchin, October 24, 2016

Visualizing Hyperbolic Geometry
Evelyn Lamb, September 15, 2016

A Mathematical Mindsest: Mitigating America's Achievement Gap
Talithia Williams, June 8, 2016

Restricted Patterns of Past, Present, and Future
Zvezdelina Stankova, May 31, 2016

Folding a New Tomorrow: Origami Meets Math and Science
Thomas Hull, November 10, 2015

Mathematics that Swings: The Math Behind Golf
Douglas N. Arnold, October 29, 2015

Mirror Image Symmetry from Different Viewpoints
Erica Flapan, September 22, 2014

What to Expect When You're Expecting to Win the Lottery
Jordan Ellenberg, June 11, 2014

A Surreptitious Sequence: The Catalan Numbers
Alissa S. Crans, May 21, 2014

Larger or Smaller?
Peter Winkler, April 23, 2014

Making Mathematics Real: Knot Theory, Experimental Mathematics, and 3D Printing
Laura Taalman, February 19, 2014

Your humble Servant, Is. Newton
William Dunham, January 28, 2014

Game Theory and the Humanities
Steven Brams, November 14, 2013

Magical Squaring
Arthur Benjamin, October 23, 2013

Becoming a Mathemagician
Arthur Benjamin, October 23, 2013

Deciphering Recommendation Engines
Cathy O'Neil, October 16, 2013

Sustainability or Collapse?
Charles Hadlock, May 7, 2013

Symphonic Equations: Waves and Tubes
David Kung, February 26, 2013


Full-Length Videos or Slidecasts of MAA Lectures

Triangles before Logarithms: Trigonometry in the Lost Century
Glen Van Brummelen, March 10, 2014

Your humble Servant, Is. Newton
William Dunham, January 28, 2014

Game Theory and the Humanities
Steven Brams, November 14, 2013

The Magic and Math of Mental Calculation
Arthur Benjamin, October, 23, 2013

Getting SMART about Adapting Interventions
Susan A. Murphy, May, 29, 2013

Sustainability or Collapse? An Exploration of Key Dynamics That May Determine Our Future
Charles Hadlock, May 7, 2013

Harnessing Math to Understand Tipping Points
Mary Lou Zeeman, March 28, 2013

A Mathematical Adventure through the Census, Reapportionment, and Redistricting
Karen Saxe, November 1, 2012

Shortest Paths, Soap Films, and Minimal Surfaces
Michael Dorff, October 10, 2012

Easy to State but Hard to Solve: Favorite Open Problems in Polyhedral Geometry
Jesus De Loera, September 20, 2012

Games Numbers Play
Fernando Gouvêa, May 21, 2012

The Remarkable Interaction between Mathematics and the Computer: Examples Old and New
Jill Pipher, April 30, 2012

Data Mining: Fool's Gold? Or the Mother Lode?
Richard DeVeaux, April 11, 2012

March Mathness
Tim Chartier, February 28, 2012

The Many Names of (7,3,1) and the Unity of Discrete Mathematics
Ezra "Bud" Brown, September 21, 2011


Video Clips of MAA Lectures

Math and Art: The Good, the Bad, and the Pretty
Annalisa Crannell, September 23, 2010

Mathematics and Music
James Stewart, April 27, 2010

Hyperbolic Wallpaper
Frank Farris

From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Modern Science of Origami
Robert Lang

The Fourth Dimension
Michael Starbird

Patterns in the Primes
Andrew Granville

Spinning Heads and Spinning News: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in the Media
Rebecca Goldin, October 28, 2008

Modeling with Cubes
Ruth Charney, October 14, 2008

Patterns Patterns Everywhere
Martin Golubitsky