I decided to go in a different direction from my first talk. I found an interesting article on Dr. Bisson’s favorite mathematician, Euler.

Euler was one of the first contributors to Graph Theory, starting with his paper about the Konigsberg bridges problem. I will be explaining the problem and comparing the modern approach to Euler’s original method.

The article explains that even though this began Euler’s work in graph theory, he actually proved that it was unsolvable without the use of any graphs.

Here’s a link to the article: http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/4146895.pdf

I found this talk interesting. Graph theory is an extremely interesting topic in mathematics; thus, seeing an explanation of the paper in which it all began was enlightening. I especially liked how Jaci stressed that Euler thought of this problem in terms of paths across bridges, rather than taking a strictly modern approach. In summary, I thought that this talk was well organized and informative.