BAMA presents, absolutely free

Joseph Gallian
of the
The University of
Minnesota, Duluth

Will guide an adventure into the realm of:

Breaking Drivers' License Codes!

At Santa Clara University
in Daly Science room 206

onFRIDAY, December 1, 2000
at 7:30 pm

Many states use complicated algorithms or formulas to assign drivers' license numbers but keep the method confidential. Just for the fun of it, Professor Gallian attempted to figure out how the states code their license numbers. In this talk he will discuss how he was able to break the codes for several of the states. The talk illustrates an important problem-solving technique that is not emphasized in mathematics classes. It also teaches the lesson that sometimes things done just for the sake of curiosity can have applications.

Joseph A. Gallian is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He has won the Haimo award of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) for distinguished teaching and teh MAA's Allendoerfer and Evans awards for exposition. He is currently the MAA Polya Lecture. Among the courses he teaches is one on Math and Sports and one on the Beatles.

How to get to Santa Clara University:
101 From US Highway 101, take the De La Cruz Boulevard/Santa Clara exit and follow the signs to El Camino and the main campus entrance.
280 From I-280, take I-880 north toward Oakland to the Alameda exit. Turn left onto The Alameda (which becomes El Camino Real) to the main campus entrance.
880 From I-880, take the Alameda exit, travel north (The Alameda becomes El Camino Real) to the main campus entrance.
Click here for a campus map.

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Last revised on 2 November 2000