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Smith Club Winter Dinner scheduled for January 31

goleAt the end of the month, the Smith College Club of Great Britain will host its annual winter dinner. This year, the club’s featured guest speaker is Professor Christophe Golé.

Golé teaches mathematics and statistics and is the director for JYA Paris. He was born in France and raised partly in Northern Africa. He earned his Ph.D. from Boston University and has held positions at the University of Minnesota, ETH (Zurich), SUNY Stony Brook, and University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dinner guests will hear Golé’s presentation, “Do Plants Know Math?”. Golé explains that the phenomenon of spirals in plants coming in pairs of consecutive Fibonacci numbers (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 …) has fascinated scientists of many disciplines for centuries. There is a certain mystic attached to the subject that pervades the internet – and The Da Vinci Code. Do we have to be mystical about it? Golé will try to show that some simple geometry may be enough to explain this phenomenon.

The dinner will be held January 31 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at London’s Sloane Club. Any club members interested in attending the evening of networking and lively discussion can register here.

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