Brown University's
Department of Mathematics
Graduate Student Seminar
Fall 2007
Wednesdays 5:30pm - Kassar 105

Supreme Dictator: 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.

9/12 Ian Sprung Why the Sum of All Cubes is Finite, Why We Can See Better at Night, and How This All Leads to Iwasawa Theory
9/19 Matthew Spencer Archimedes' Method
9/26 Stephen F. Miller The Calculus of Spectra
10/3 Dan Katz Sumfree Sets of Maximal Size (or How to Host a Successful Party with Volatile Guests)
10/10 Steffen Marcus Tropical Algebras
10/17 Professor Michael Rosen Polynomials Modulo p
10/24 Special Time/Place: 4:30 in Kassar 205 Steven J. Miller Going around in circles and getting somewhere: The Circle Method and Additive Number Theory
10/31 Hyun Kyoung Kwon A Brief Introduction to Krein Spaces
11/7 Henning Ulfarsson Sheaves on Configurations
11/14 Jonathan Ben-Artzi TBA
11/21 [No Speaker] [Thanksgiving Break]
11/28 Noah Giansiracusa Packing Spheres on a Sphere: An Introduction to Experimental Mathematics
12/5 Jonathan Wise TBA
Last modified on 6 Sept 07
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