MANCHESTER - Author and Williams College professor of mathematics Edward Burger will discuss how to apply the lessons of education in a talk at First Congregational Church in Manchester on Dec. 5. His talk, "Monkeys, Mathematics, and Mischief: What Are the Lifelong Lessons of Education?" is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7 p.m.

Why do we compartmentalize the humanities, arts, and sciences when they possess more in common than not? Burger will examine how to apply life lessons learned in math (and beyond) to the world and ourselves more clearly.

Burger is Professor of Mathematics and the Lissack Professor for Social Responsibility and Personal Ethics at Williams College. The recipient of many teaching awards and accolades, he is the author of more than 40 scholarly papers and books, including "Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas," which has been translated into seven languages.

The Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May. Talks in Manchester are held at First Congregational Church (unless otherwise noted) and are hosted by Mark Skinner Library.