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Please note: the March and April lectures in this series have been postponed. New dates will be posted soon. The March 13 lecture by Prof. Yau will be live-streamed.

In the Spring 2020 semester, the CMSA will be hosting a lecture series on literature in the mathematical sciences, with a focus on the lifetime accomplishments of significant scholars. Talks will take place throughout the semester. All talks will take place in the Science Center.

The schedule below will be updated as talks are confirmed.

Title: Shiing-Shen Chern as a Great Geometer of 20th Century

Postponed

Bong Lian (Brandeis/CMSA)

Title: From string theory and Moonshine to vertex algebras’

Postponed

Donald Rubin (Harvard)

Title: Why do some universities have separate departments of statistics? And are they all anachronisms, destined to follow the path of other dinosaurs?

Postponed

Vaughan Jones (Vanderbilt)

Title: TBA

5/4/2020

Time TBA

Pavel Etingof (MIT)

Title: Quantum groups

Abstract: The theory of quantum groups developed in mid 1980s from attempts to construct and understand solutions of the quantum Yang-Baxter equation, an important equation arising in quantum field theory and statistical mechanics. Since then, it has grown into a vast subject with profound connections to many areas of mathematics, such as representation theory, the Langlands program, low-dimensional topology, category theory, enumerative geometry, quantum computation, algebraic combinatorics, conformal field theory, integrable systems, integrable probability, and others. I will review some of the main ideas and examples of quantum groups and try to briefly describe some of the applications.