Brown University's
Department of Mathematics
Graduate Student Seminar
Spring 2006
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.


Schedule:
DATE SPEAKER TITLE
2/8 Michelle Manes Hilbert's Third Problem: High School Geometry and Higher Algebra (or The Easiest Grad Seminar Ever)
2/15 Dan Katz An Introduction to Recursive Towers of Function Fields (or Some of What My Topics Committee Had to Sit Through)
2/22 Jim Kelliher Beyond the Tubular Neighborhood
3/1 Jonathan Wise Test Spaces and the Idea of a Stack
3/8 Stephen Miller Spectra Safari
3/15 No Speaker [Preempted due to Jorge Cham's talk at 5pm in Pembroke on "The Power of Procrastination"]
3/22 Constanze Liaw & Henning Ulfarsson The Transcendence of e and pi
3/29 No Speaker [Spring Break]
4/5 Panayotis Mertikopoulos Space, Time, and Other Outdated Concepts
4/12 Jeff Brock Hyperbolic 3-manifolds and the Combinatorics of Curves on Surfaces
4/19 Jonathan Wise I Have No Proof: Godel's Incompleteness Theorem
4/26 Jessica Young Jet Spaces and the Mordell-Lang Conjecture
5/3 No Speaker TALK POSTPONED
5/10 Alina Bucur Moments of L-Functions
Last modified on 17 Apr 06
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