## Morning Plenary Lecture

### Mathematical Fights! The Seedy Underbelly of Mathematical History

presented by

### Dr. Dominic Klyve

Interim Director of the William O. Douglas Honors College

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Department
of Mathematics and Statistics

Central Washington University

**Abstract:** Although students are often led to believe that mathematics is a purely rational, unemotional, and
orderly field of study, history shows that this is often not the case. This talk will discuss some of the greatest
fights in the history of mathematics. We will hear stories of friendships destroyed and national rivalries heightened
because of disagreements about underlying mathematics. We will consider what these fights teach us about the nature
of mathematics, and we will learn some interesting math on the way.

**Biosketch:** Dominic Klyve is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Central Washington University. He is
the author of more than 35 papers in number theory, the history of mathematics and science, and applied statistics
� several of which have been co-authored with his students. An expert in eighteenth century science, he has written
on the mathematics, astronomy, biology, linguistics, and philosophy of the period. He has spoken on the history of
math and science across the country and around the world.