Current Trends in Dynamical Systems and the Mathematical Legacy of Rufus Bowen

  • Start Date: 07/30/2017
  • End Date: 08/04/2017
Location: 

University of British Columbia

Topic: 

To Rufus

Until this time, this day, this hour, he stood
Among those men whose minds can, leaping, bridge
Across the gulfs of unformed thought, and mould
With reason truth that clouded hung before.

His gentle strength outstretched a ledge of rock
Whereon to stand and, gathering hope, reach up.
He took you as his brother, equal, friend,
And challenged by his faith, you struggled on.

And now some strange mischance, some whim of fate
Has torn across this circle in our lives
A jagged rent, whose gaping walls stand raw
And dry shall ache through many moons of tears.

Fling not the gods your cries of rage, nor plead
The cause of justice with the laws of chance.
Your case is lost, its order ground to naught
Beneath the mindless pounding of the waves.

But till your pain retreat, enclose your wound,
Examine well the nature of your loss,
In sorrow learn the qualities you mourn,
And stamp their imprint deep upon your heart.

Although he is no more, a flame might live,
The sparks he kindled leap beyond the grave.
You now remain for him, his labor yours.
Do not put out the candle in the night.

 

Caroline Series. Berkeley, Monday 31st July 1978

 

This poem was read at Rufus’ funeral. Rolling Hills Memorial Park, Richmond, 4th August 1978. A slideshow of photos of Rufus' was also shown at the remembrance lunch during the conference.

Description: 

The conference will focus on areas of current interest that are broadly related to the work of Rufus Bowen (slideshow).

 

In addition to several invited talks, there will be other opportunities for participants to contribute: a poster session and at least one session on progress on a list of 157 open problems from Rufus Bowen's notebook. The organizers will soon post a website (Rufus Bowen Notebook) that contains statements of each problem with a feature that allows people to comment on progress.

 

Confirmed Speakers:

Alex Blumenthal, university of Maryland 

Lewis Bowen, University of Texas 

Jérôme Buzzi, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay

Jean-René Chazottes, CPHT, École Polytechnique

Vaughn Climenhaga, University of Houston

Ursula Hamenstädt, Universität Bonn

Mike Hochman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Anatole Katok, Pennsylvania State University

Ronnie Pavlov, University of Denver

Yakov Pesin, Pennsylvania State University

Mark Pollicott, University of Warwick

Ian Putnam, University of Victoria

David Ruelle, IHES

Omri Sarig, Weizmann Institute

Caroline Series, University of Warwick

Steve Smale, University of California at Berkeley

Masato Tsujii, Kyushu University

Benjamin Weiss, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Lai-sang Young, Courant Institute, NYU 

 

 

 

Conference Format:

We will begin with an optional "meet and greet" on the evening of Sunday July 30th (this is not dinner, bbut an informal way to say hello over small nibbles and bites). The program for Monday July 31, to Friday August 4 will consist of 19 talks, a poster session, problem sessions focused on Rufus' Notebook, a Rufus remembrance session, some catered lunches and a hike on Wednesday afternoon. The conference will end on Friday at 5PM.

 

 

Conference Program

 

 

The Rufus Bowen Notebook 

The Bowen Notebook is dedicated to the memory of Rufus Bowen (1947-1978). On it, you will find an interactive interface to the 157 mathematical problems he left behind in his notebook. The mission of this site is to continue the discussion of these problems by allowing users to enter comments. Each problem has been deciphered and transcribed and is presented along with comments on its current status. 

 

 

Participant Guides 

Participant Guide #1: Welcome to Vancouver 

Participant Guide #2: Speakers and Titles

Participant Guide #3: Thank you! 

 

UBC Campus Map

Campus Map available here 

 

Presentations

PDF versions of slides used during the conference are posted below. Please note that some of the presentations were made using the blackboards, videos of these (and other) talks will be linked here when they are available.

 

Abstracts / Downloads / Reports: 
04-08-2017-Pavlov.pdf
Rufus-Poem.pdf
Organizers:

John Franks, Northwestern University
Kostya Khanin, University of Toronto
François Ledrappier, University of Notre Dame and Université Paris 6
Douglas Lind, University of Washington
Brian Marcus, University of British Columbia

Other Information: 

Conference Dates & Location:

July 30th - August 4th, 2017 

 

Main Meeting Venue:

Monday July 31- Friday Aug 4

Earth Sciences Building

2207Main Mall, UBC. V6T1Z4

 

 

Registration:

Registration for this event is now closed as we have reached capacity. 

 

We do however have some limited space available for the Rufus Bowen Lunch on Wednesday August 2nd. This is open to spouses and accompanying guests of registered particpants. Particpants can scroll to the bottom of this page and register their guests for this social event.

 

RB Conference Lunch

Aug 2, 2017 $60CAD

12:30pm

UBC Alumni Centre 

 

 

Should you have any queries about the registration process, please email the PIMS Program Manager at ruths@pims.math.ca

 

 

Accommodation:

We have made a group reservation for the Rufus Bowen Conference at Carey Centre, Totem Park and  at Ponderosa Residence

 

Shared Apartment Suites and Totem Park Dorm Rooms:  Sold out!

 

Ponderosa Studio Suites: $136CAD per night before taxes, breakfast included, max 2 guests per suite. This is a private suite with double bed, ensuite washroom, flat-panel TV, telephone, WiFi and fully-equipped kitchen. To book the studio suites at the Bowen rate, please click here 

 

 

Other  available accommodation options, but not currenty blocked for this conference:

 

Carey Centre Rooms: Twin and queen rooms with or without TV. Price ranges from $95- 103 before taxes. Breakfast is available upon request for $9 per person only. Click the booking link here and select the check in and check out dates to search for availability. 

 

St. John's College UBC: Single room with a twin bed and private bathroom, no TV. Summer rates begin at $85.5CAD per night. Rooms based on availability and at market rate. Check dates and pricing here

 

 

Application for Funding & Call for Poster Presentations 

Requests for travel funding and poster presentations are now complete

 

 

Local Information:

Local Transit: UBC is transit friendly and Bike friendly. Check information on arriving on campus by transit and getting transit tickets here; rent-a-bike to get round campus here.

Taxis: Taxis are available outside UBC Ponderosa Residence or by phone at 604-681-1111.

Local Weather: Check current conditions here.

Food Outlets and their hours of operations: On Campus; Off campus such as UBC VillagePoint Grey Village and Westbrook village offer an array of restaurants and food outlets.

On Campus Activities: UBC recreation and UBC’s top attractions.  

 

 

Contact Us: 

For logistical queries or any other concerns, please contact the PIMS Program Manager at ruths@pims.math.ca.

Sponsor: 

             

 

 

 

This conference is also supported in part, through a generous contribution by Misha Brin