As part of its Scholar for Life Series, the Lester Public Library in Two Rivers will host a program by Dr. Brian Murphy, associate professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, on Thursday, April 24 in the library’s community room beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Murphy will describe how, in the late 1600s, a feud erupted between two prominent mathematicians, Isaac Newton from Britain and Gottfried Leibniz from Germany. Their feud, which revolved around who "rightfully" invented calculus, divided the mathematicians in Europe into two camps and forever changed the face of mathematics.
Murphy has been teaching at UW-Manitowoc since 2002. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Boise State University, his master’s degree and doctorate from Marquette University.