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Coffee, Gossip and Math at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe Wednesday

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"Coffee, Gossip and math" will be discussed by Clarkson University Prof. Kathleen R. Fowler at the next Science Cafe at Jack & Wezzie’s Coffee House (formerly Fields Coffee House) in Potsdam this Wednesday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Fowler and guests at the Cafe will discuss the mathematical modeling process and then brainstorm a model for a topic chosen by an audience member.Kathleen Fowler

Science Cafes bring together scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, where a guest scientist makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

In describing her presentation, Fowler says, "It is surprising how mathematics can be used to aid in making predictions, decisions, and understanding the world around us. For example, Newton’s simple law of cooling can help you calculate when your coffee will cool down enough to take a sip.

"Suppose that you start a rumor that we are getting a casino on Market Street. Mathematics can help predict when the entire village will hear this news.

"There is even a mathematical model to predict when your children will ask ’Are we there yet?’ when going to Grandma’s house."

Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat, or to place your food or drink order.

This is the last Science Cafe until January.

Find out more about Clarkson’s Science Cafe at

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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