2023 Cantrell Lecture Speaker is Dr. Chi-Wang Shu from Brown University
Dr. Chi-Wang Shu is the Theodore B. Stowell University Professor of Applied Mathematics at Brown University. He is known for his research in the fields of computational fluid dynamics, numerical solutions of conservation laws and Hamilton–Jacobi type equations. Shu has been listed as an ISI Highly Cited Author in Mathematics by the ISI Web of Knowledge. He received his Ph.D…

Wed, 07/13/2022 - 3:21pm

The 2022 Cantrell Lecture Speaker will be Professor Akshay Venkatesh.
Dr. Venkatesh is a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.Among many other honors, in 2018, he was awarded the Fields Medal for his synthesis of analytic number theory, homogeneous dynamics, topology, and representation theory. The citation describes him as having "made profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics" and …

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 11:45am

Our Cantrell Lectures scheduled for the week of April 15 have been postponed.
We hope to reschedule them for next academic year.
The 2020 Cantrell Lectures will be given by Professor Weinan E of Princeton University. Professor Weinan E is a distinguished applied mathematician noted for his work on a wide range of topics. He has received numerous awards, most recently the 2019 Peter Henrici Prize from SIAM. The SIAM announcement of this price…

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 2:08pm

The 2019 Cantrell Lecture Speaker will be Professor Geordie Williamson of the University of Sydney.
Professor Williamson is one of the world's foremost experts in geometric representation theory. His counterexamples to the Lusztig conjecture have led to new and exciting research in the area of modular representation theory, in which he is one of the leaders. Another of his major accomplishments involves joint work with Ben Elias which…

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 4:09pm

Speaker: Kannan Soundararajan (Stanford)
Monday, April 9, 2018
3:30pm-4:30pm
Miller Learning Center, Room 101
Title of talk: Primes fall for the gambler's fallacy.
Abstract: The gambler’s fallacy is the erroneous belief that if (for example) a coin comes up heads often, then in the next toss it is more likely to be tails. In recent work with Robert Lemke Oliver, we found that funnily the primes exhibit a kind of gambler’s fallacy: for…

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 2:54pm

Speaker: Peter Ozsváth, Princeton University
Monday, February 20, 2017
3:30pm, Miller Learning Center, Room 101
Title of talk: An introduction to Heegaard Floer homology
"Knot theory" is the study of closed, embedded curves in three-dimensional space. Classically, knots can be studied via a various computable polynomial invariants, such as the Alexander polynomial. In this first talk, I will recall the basics of knot theory and the Alexander…

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 4:19pm

Professor Persi Diaconis, Harvard University
Dr. Diaconis's first lecture, for a general audience, is co-sponsored by the Humanities Center, under its Humanities Science Interface Initiative. In this talk, Dr. Diaconis will discuss how coincidences can astound us, affecting where we live and what we do. In addition to reviewing relevant work of Freud and Jung, he will show how, sometimes, a bit of quantitative thinking can show that…

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 4:16pm

Professor Kenneth A. Ribet, University of California at Berkeley
Wednesday, November 8, 1995, 4:30 p.m.
Physics Building, Room 202
"Fermat's Last Theorem"
In the seventeenth century, Pierre de Fermat, a judge in Toulouse, wrote in the margin of a book that he had found a "marvelous proof" of a deceptively simple mathematical assertion. While there are many solutions in positive integers to the equation a2 + b2 = c2, Fermat claimed that there…

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 4:12pm

Professor Jerrold Marsden, California Institue of Technology
Wednesday, October 23, 1996, 4:00 p.m.
Forest Resources, Room 100"Introduction to Mechanics and Dynamics"
Dr. Marsden's first lecture, accessible to a general audience, will introduce the role of geometry and symmetry in the mechanics and dynamics of familiar systems. A falling cat is able to right itself through the geometric generation of rotations, while other systems, such as the…

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 4:04pm

Professor John W. Milnor SUNY, Stony Brook
Wednesday, October 8, 1997, 4:00 p.m.
Physics Building, Room 202
"Pasting Together Julia Sets"
This lecture will describe how one can paste together two rather skinny fractal sets, with no interior, to obtain a full 2-dimensional sphere. If f is a polynomial map from the complex numbers to themselves. then the "filled Julia set" K60 is the set of complex numbers z such that the sequence z, f(z), f ((…

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