Tales of our Mathematical Forefathers

TYPESpecial colloquium
Speaker:Barry Simon
Affiliation:Caltech
Date:06.06.2018
Time:14:30 - 16:00
Location:Lidow Rosen Auditorium (323)
Abstract:

This is not a mathematics or a physics talk but it is a talk about mathematicians for mathematicians and physicists. Too often, we think of historical mathematicians as only names assigned to theorems. With vignettes and anecdotes, I'll convince you they were also human beings and that, as the Chinese say, "May you live in interesting times" really is a curse. Among the mathematicians with vignettes are Riemann, Newton, Poincare, von Neumann, Kato, Loewner, Krein and Noether.