April marked the beginning of Math Awareness Month. On Apr. 8, 2009 the mathematics department held a panel discussion titled “Math and Climate Change” that featured not only Cornell professors, but also visiting lecturers from the University of Vermont and Ithaca College.
The panel discussed the role of mathematics in everyday weather predictions and in outlining the possible scenarios for climate change, as well as math’s growing role in the fields of economics, medicine and construction. Scientists around the world looking to predict the outcomes of global climate change have been turning to differential equations to minimize uncertainty.