Nineteenth Virtual Encounter with Outstanding Mathematicians

The nineteenth Virtual Encounter with Outstanding Mathematicians took place on Friday, February 12th, 2021 from 12 pm until 1 pm. Laura Gomez Bermeo, President of the Math Education Commission of the Colombian Society of Mathematics, was our invited speaker. This virtual event was free and open to the general public.

On this nineteenth Encounter, Laura Gomez Bermeo shared anecdotes of her personal life and her professional journey as a female mathematician, pointing out the importance of telling girls about the women who have been pioneers in science. The speaker also presented on “Hypatia of Alexandria and the Problem of Coconuts and Monkeys,” in which she talked about Hypatia of Alexandria, who is considered to be one of the first female mathematicians in history. Laura Gomez Bermeo then described the problem of coconuts and monkeys and explained the solution to the problem, which involves diophantine equations. This virtual event was co-organized with the Colombian Society of Mathematics.