# Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013

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### PUBLIC LECTURE: “MATHEMATICS AND THE MELTING POLAR ICE CAPS”

Kenneth M. Golden, University of Utah, will deliver the MAA-AMS-SIAM Gerald and Judith Porter Public Lecture on Saturday, January 12, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Room 6AB, Upper Level, San Diego Convention Center.

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### MPE2013 NEWSLETTER

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Dozens of scientific societies, universities, research institutes, and foundations all over the world have banded together to dedicate 2013 as a special year for the Mathematics of Planet Earth.

Our planet is the setting for dynamic processes of all sorts, including the geophysical processes in the mantle, the continents, and the oceans, the atmospheric processes that determine our weather and climates, the biological processes involving living species and their interactions, and the human processes of finance, agriculture, water, transportation, and energy. The challenges facing our planet and our civilization are multidisciplinary and multifaceted, and the mathematical sciences play a central role in the scientific effort to understand and to deal with these challenges. Read more…

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## Chaos in the Solar System

The inner planets (Mercury, Venus, the Earth and Mars) have chaotic motions. This means that the motions of the planets could become unstable, and the orbit of one planet could cross that of another. Fortunately, this will not occur for billions of years. Read More

## Using mathematical models to eradicate disease

The Guinea Worm Disease, which already affected 50 million people, is almost eradicated with fewer than 2000 cases. What happened? Mathematical modeling helps identifying the most relevant parameter and design a strategy of action. Read More

## How old is the Earth?

The fascinating history of the attempts of calculating the age of the Earth from the gradient of temperature inside the crust and mantle goes back to the 19th century, in parallel with the development of geology, the theory of evolution, and the discovery of radioactivity. Read More

## How does the GPS work?

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a triumph of engineering, physics, and mathematics. The 24 satellites orbiting the Earth carry high precision atomic clocks. Using those clocks to determine position requires a sophisticated combination of mathematics and Einstein’s theory of relativity – and it all has to be done quickly on devices that do not have a large amount of computational power. Read More

### MPE 2013 National Launches

The Canadian launch will take place at the winter meeting of the Canadian Mathematical Society in Montreal on December 7-10, 2012.

The US launch will take place at the Joint Mathematical Meetings in San Diego on January 9-12, 2013.

The Australian launch will take place with the first Simons MPE lecture in Melbourne on January 29, 2013.

### Competition

The deadline of the MPE competition is December 20, 2012. The submitted modules will also form the basis of a permanent virtual exhibition that will be inaugurated at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris on March 5-8, 2013.

### Lecture Series

Simon Levin will speak on The Challenge of Sustainability and the promise of mathematics in Melbourne on January 29, 2013, as the first in a series of public lectures sponsored by the Simons Foundation.

Emily Shuckburgh will speak on Climate disruption: what math and science have to say, hosted by MSRI and AIM, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco on March 4, 2013.

### CMS MPE Lecture Series

The Canadian Mathematical Society, in collaboration with the Canadian institutes AARMS, CRM, the Fields Institute and PIMS, is sponsoring a cross-Canada series of lecturesfor MPE 2013. Eleven of the lectures will be for the general public and the rest for a scientific audience.

*MPE2013* enjoys the patronage of **UNESCO **and is endorsed by the **International Mathematical Union** and the **International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics**.