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The Reid Lecture Series

The Reid Lecture Series is an annual public lecture geared toward showing a broad audience the beauty of mathematics  It is hosted each March by the CSUSM Department of Mathematics.  The event is open to the local and campus communities, including engaged high school and college students from other campuses and interested community members.

The Reid Lecture was established in 2015 and has continued with support from Founding Library Dean and Librarian Emerita Marion Reid and Founding Faculty Member and Professor Emeritus K. Brooks Reid.

The Fall 2019 Reid Lecture Series Presents: "How I Gained An International Reputation as a Gambler" with Dr. Ron Gould

In this talk, Professor Gould tells the tale of how developing and then teaching a freshman seminar titled "Mathematics in Games, Sports, and Gambling" at Emory University has, over time, caused him to develop an international reputation as a gambler. Along the way he will show a few of the problems that he poses in the seminar. The goal is to show students that mathematics is fun and has very many uses. These uses are "simpleā€ in the sense that they only require high school algebra, and the students find the puzzles, card tricks, and gambling to be enjoyable. He will also try to give a feeling for how a mathematician approaches solving problems.

Ron Gould is Goodrich C. White Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Heilbrun Distinguished Emeritus Fellow at Emory University.  He has written two books, Graph Theory (1998, re-release 2012) and American Library Association Choice Award-winning, Mathematics in Games, Sports, and Gambling (2010, Chinese translation 2015).  Dr. Gould has also authored over 180 papers and several book chapters.  He received his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University in 1979.

Event is free but tickets are required.


  • 2015: The inaugural Reid Lecture given by Professor Ron Graham, UC San Diego Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • 2016: Professor Francis Su, Harvey Mudd College, Department of Mathematics.
  • 2017:  Professor Alice Silverberg, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, UC Irvine.
  • 2018:  Professor William Dunham, Mathematical Historian, Distinguished Author, and Research Associate in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr.
  • 2019:  Professor Talithia Williams, Department of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College.