Concepts familiar from grade-school algebra have broad ramifications in computer science.
A regional meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, featuring a public symposium with three MIT faculty members, will take place this afternoon (January 13) from 1-3:30pm in the Tang Center's Wong Auditorium.
The symposium is hosted by President Charles M. Vest and co-moderated by Sylvia T. Ceyer, the J.C. Sheehan Professor of Chemistry. The other moderator is Don C. Wiley of Harvard University's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Three talks will comprise the scientific program: "Molecular Biology of Pheromone Detection in Mammals" by Catherine Dulac of Dr. Wiley's department at Harvard; "Bose-Einstein Condensates: New Physics at Nanokelvin Temperatures" by Professor of Physics Wolfgang Ketterle; and "Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language" by Professor of Psychology Steven Pinker, director of MIT's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.
Registration and the meeting for NAS members begins at 3:30pm, though the symposium is open to the public.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 13, 1999.