Brown University's
Department of Mathematics
Graduate Student Seminar
Fall 2005
Wednesdays 5:30pm - Kassar 105

Head Coordinator: Panayotis Mertikopolous
Webmaster: Dan Katz

Instead of having a graduate student seminar for each discipline, we have formed a departmental seminar series that combines all major areas of interest in the department. Talks will rotate between algebra and number theory, geometry and topology, and analysis and partial differential equations. We also include talks from areas closely related such as the history of mathematics and areas in applied mathematics. The goal of the seminar is to provide an opportunity for the graduate students to share information that they have learned, be exposed to mathematics outside their field of interest, and provide an opportunity for the graduate students to give talks.

Seminars this semester will be held on Wednesdays; they are typically given by graduate students, with the occasional talk by visiting scholars and current faculty. Talks can vary from introductory material to more advanced topics; however, all talks are intended to be at least partially approachable by first year graduate students.

We would especially like to encourage talks about mathematics that arise in different fields of study. If you are interested in giving a talk, please contact the seminar's coordinator. Below is a schedule for the current semester. Clicking on the title of a talk will take you to an abstract. You can also see the the talks that were given last semester here. Note: The schedule (including "No Speaker" days) is preliminary and subject to change.

9/28 Mike King Triangulations, root systems, and cluster algebras (or The Tao of Triangulation)
10/5 Mike King Triangulations, root systems, and cluster algebras, continued
10/12 Jonathan Wise Differential equations without closed form solutions (or How To Make Math 10 Students Cry)
10/19 Graeme Wilkin Momentum and geometry
10/26 Richard Schwartz What is a Veech polygon?
11/2 Michelle Manes The moduli space of rational functiond of degree d
11/9 Mike Rosen Reducing polynomials mod p
11/16 Dan Katz Diophantine equations: when local solubility isn't enough
11/23 No Speaker Thanksgiving Break
11/30 Bruno Harris Some ideas due to Gauss (and later developments)
12/7 Steven J Miller The Pythagorean Won-Loss Formula in Baseball: An Introduction to Statistics and Modeling
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