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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — 4:00 PM EST

Daniel Fiorilli, University of Michigan

"Nuclear physics and number theory"

While the two fields named in the title seem unrelated, there is a strong link between them. Indeed, random matrix theory makes predictions in both fields, and some of these predictions can be verified rigorously on the number theory side. This amazing connection came to life during a meeting between Freeman Dyson and Hugh Montgomery at the Institute for Advanced Study. Random matrices are now known to predict many statistics about zeta functions, such as moments, low-lying zeros and correlations between zeros. The goal of this talk is to discuss this connection, focusing on number theory. We will cover both basic facts about the zeta functions and recent developments in this active area of research.

Pre-colloquium refreshments: MC 5046 at 3:30 pm.

Location 
MC - Mathematics & Computer Building
5158
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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