PIMS- UCalgary Public Lecture: Timur Akhunov

  • Date: 03/08/2017
  • Time: 13:00
Timur Akhunov (Binghamton University)

University of Calgary


Hypoellipticity of degenerate Laplacians (talk should be accessible to undergraduates and beyond)


Pierre-Simon marquis de Laplace in his 5 volume Traité de mécanique céleste unified mathematical physics by placing calculus front and center. Among Laplace's chief innovations, was an introduction of a differential equation that now bears his name. Fast forward to the 20th century. Laplacian is crucial to understand the properties of light, heat, sound and atomic phenomena. Moreover, Einstein has pushed us to understand the Laplacian in the curved world, where some of the mathematicians' favorite toys no longer play as advertised. Come hear the story, where calculus, geometry and physics come together. At the very least, you will find out what the title of the talk means.

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