Brown University's
Department of Mathematics
Graduate Student Seminar
Fall 2006
Wednesdays 5:30pm - Kassar 105

Supreme Dictator: Dan Katz
Helpful Assistant-Type-Person: Michelle Manes
Heir To The Throne: Matt Spencer

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 year here and here. Note: The schedule (including "No Speaker" days) is preliminary and subject to change.


Schedule:
DATE SPEAKER TITLE
9/13 Steven J. Miller Detecting and Proving Patterns: The Answer's On The Web!
9/20 Ben Hutz What Is A Groebner Basis?
9/27 Matt Spencer When Does A Graph Have A Perfect Matching?
10/4 Ian Sprung Two Unfinished Stories of Euler: Delta and Zeta
10/11 Tom Banchoff Visualizing Character Classes
10/18 Dan Katz Playing With Sumsets: An Intro To Additive Number Theory
10/25 Rich Schwartz Outer Billiards, The Penrose Kite, and Moser's Conjecture
11/1 Tommy Ratliff (Wheaton) Voting, Geometry, and Lewis Carroll
11/8 Juhi Jang Stability Theory of Equilibria, from Calculus to Differential Equations
11/15 Allison Pacelli Class Numbers of Quadratic Fields
11/22 [No Speaker] [Thanksgiving Break]
11/29 Steffen Marcus The Map Colour Theorem
12/6 Richard Kent Surface Groups Are Frequently Faithful
Last modified on 28 Nov 06
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