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The Tenth Annual NES/MAA Dinner Meeting in Memory of Kenneth J. Preskenis was held on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Dr. Colin Adams, Williams College, and Dr. Thomas Garrity, Williams College, gave the presentation, "The Great pi / e Debate".

Dr. Adams is the 1996 winner of the NES/MAA Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching and the 1998 winner of the MAA's Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

Dr. Garrity is the 2004 winner of the MAA's Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

Abstract
: We settle once and for all the burning question that has plagued humankind from time immemorial: "Which is the better number, e or pi?" In what is arguably (it is a losing argument, but it is an argument nonetheless) the most important debate of the millennium, Adams and Garrity use any means within their powers, legal or otherwise, to prove their points. Our debaters challenge orthodoxy, speak loudly and behave rather badly in their attempts to convince the audience of the absolutely ridiculous nature of their competitorsí arguments. This event may have the historical significance of the Edict of Nantes, the Yalta conference, or the Kennedy-Nixon debates. Or perhaps not. But just in case, you don't want to miss it.

Dinner Meeting Program

We thank Sodexho, the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Pearson Education, and Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning for their support of the 2012 NES/MAA Dinner Meeting in Memory of Kenneth J. Preskenis.

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