Raph Levien will defend his thesis called From Spiral to Spline: Optimal Techniques in Interactive Curve Design on the 3rd of September 2009 at the University of California, Berkeley. It describes techniques for interpolating splines, something that can be useful in font design. The thesis also includes comprehensive sections on the history of splines, elastica curves and clothoids (Euler's spiral). Very interesting stuff! Good luck on Wednesday Raph!
Thanks to Ola Jaensson for finding and sharing this!