Annual Turfe Lecture: "The Mathematics of Happiness"

Monday, October 29
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Mary Kochoff Auditorium, 1030
CASL Building

Turfe Lecture Series: Seventh in a series of visits by distinguished mathematicians held at the University of Michigan–Dearborn.  


Mathematician Oscar E. Fernandez shows us the hidden mathematics behind HEALTH, WEALTH, and LOVE with his presentation:

The Mathematics of Happiness

Social scientists have identified three top contributors to happiness: strong and close relationships, a healthy lifestyle that includes good nutrition and enough exercise, and of course, healthy finances. These dimensions of our lives have one thing in common you may not have realized: mathematics. In this talk we will discuss the hidden mathematics behind health, wealth, and love. In the process we will discover that the mathematics we learned in high school - including facts about lines and their slopes- is all that we will need to understand the fundamentals of nutrition, personal finances, and love. And once we “mathematize” these building blocks of happiness, we will realize that the equations that result not only describe health, wealth, and love, we can use them to help us optimize happiness.

Dr. Fernandez is an associate professor of mathematics and faculty director of the Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center at Wellesley College.

Free admission and open to the public.

This series is made possible through a generous donation by Al Turfe and from gifts made to the UM-Dearborn Mathematics Support Fund.

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