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PUBLIC LECTURE: Randomness in number theory

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Public lecture by the 2011 Mahler Lecturer

Peter Sarnak (Princeton University)

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Randomness in number theory

Abstract: By way of concrete examples we discuss the dichotomy that in number theory the basic phenomena are either very structured or if not then they are random.The models for randomness for different problems can be quite unexpected, and understanding and establishing the randomness is often the key issue. Conversely the fact that certain number-theoretic quantities behave randomly is a powerful source for the construction of much sought-after pseudo-random objects.

About the speaker: Professor Peter Sarnak grew up in South Africa and moved to the US to study at Stanford University, where he obtained his PhD in mathematics in 1980. After appointments at the Courant Institute, New York, and Stanford, he moved to Princeton in 1991 where he has been ever since. Currently he is both the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University and Professor at the the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2002, he was made a member of the National Academy of Sciences in the USA and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Peter Sarnak is a major figure in modern analytic number theory, with research interests also in analysis and mathematical physics. He has received many awards for his research including the Polya prize in 1998, the Ostrowski prize in 2001, the Conant prize in 2003 and the Cole prize in 2005. He has had 43 PhD students to date, including several who have become major figures in number theory themselves.

The Mahler lectures are a biennial activity organised by the Australian Mathematical Society with the assistance of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute.
Speaker(s) Peter Sarnak
Location Weatherburn Lecture Theatre
Contact Michael Giudici <[email protected]>
Start Thu, 11 Aug 2011 18:00
End Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:00
Submitted by Michael Giudici <[email protected]>
Last Updated Sat, 30 Jul 2011 14:05
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