However, I have had a chance to attend some wonderful talks both here at UIC and also at the University of Chicago. Chicago has a great public transportation system and so it is easy to get to anywhere in the city by bus and train. Yesterday I attended a delightful talk by Eugenia Cheng. Prof Cheng is a lecturer at the University of Sheffield but spent a few years in Chicago. She and some of her colaborators have posted short -- 9:45 minute -- mathematical snippets on YouTube which give you a flavor of her lecture style. I suggest (click on one of them)
|• The Catsters|
|• The Mathsters|
The first collection is on Category Theory which is only 65 years old. The second collection is on elementary mathematics. I suggest looking at her talk on modular arithmetic.
Category Theory used to be called abstract nonsense but it is now being looked at people in computer science. Steve Easterbrook has posted a nice set of slides on elementary category theory for software engineers.
There are many other mathematical postings on YouTube. If you find one that you think is especially good, let me know and it will get posted here.