The 2024 edition of our Cantrell Lecture Series will take place Tu-Wed-Th March 12-14th 2024
The speaker is:
Melanie Matchett WoodWilliam Caspar Graustein Professor of MathematicsHarvard University
Tuesday March 12
Title: Central Limit Theorems for matrices and modular arithmetic
Abstract: The Central Limit Theorem is an example of the ubiquitous, yet still surprising, phenomenon in probability that many independent random inputs often…

2023 Cantrell Lecture Speaker is Dr. Chi-Wang Shu from Brown University
Dr. Chi-Wang Shu is the Theodore B. Stowell University Professor of Applied Mathematics at Brown University. He is known for his research in the fields of computational fluid dynamics, numerical solutions of conservation laws and Hamilton–Jacobi type equations. Shu has been listed as an ISI Highly Cited Author in Mathematics by the…

The 2022 Cantrell Lecture Speaker will be Professor Akshay Venkatesh.
Dr. Venkatesh is a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.Among many other honors, in 2018, he was awarded the Fields Medal for his synthesis of analytic number theory, homogeneous dynamics, topology, and representation theory. The citation describes him as having "made profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects…

Our Cantrell Lectures scheduled for the week of April 15 have been postponed.
We hope to reschedule them for next academic year.
The 2020 Cantrell Lectures will be given by Professor Weinan E of Princeton University. Professor Weinan E is a distinguished applied mathematician noted for his work on a wide range of topics. He has received numerous awards, most recently the 2019 Peter Henrici Prize from SIAM. …

The 2019 Cantrell Lecture Speaker will be Professor Geordie Williamson of the University of Sydney.
Professor Williamson is one of the world's foremost experts in geometric representation theory. His counterexamples to the Lusztig conjecture have led to new and exciting research in the area of modular representation theory, in which he is one of the leaders. Another of his major accomplishments involves joint work with…

Speaker: Kannan Soundararajan (Stanford)
Monday, April 9, 2018
3:30pm-4:30pm
Miller Learning Center, Room 101
Title of talk: Primes fall for the gambler's fallacy.
Abstract: The gambler’s fallacy is the erroneous belief that if (for example) a coin comes up heads often, then in the next toss it is more likely to be tails. In recent work with Robert Lemke Oliver, we found that funnily the primes exhibit a kind of…

Speaker: Peter Ozsváth, Princeton University
Monday, February 20, 2017
3:30pm, Miller Learning Center, Room 101
Title of talk: An introduction to Heegaard Floer homology
"Knot theory" is the study of closed, embedded curves in three-dimensional space. Classically, knots can be studied via a various computable polynomial invariants, such as the Alexander polynomial. In this first talk, I will recall the basics of knot…

Professor Persi Diaconis, Harvard University
Dr. Diaconis's first lecture, for a general audience, is co-sponsored by the Humanities Center, under its Humanities Science Interface Initiative. In this talk, Dr. Diaconis will discuss how coincidences can astound us, affecting where we live and what we do. In addition to reviewing relevant work of Freud and Jung, he will show how, sometimes, a bit of quantitative thinking can show that…

Professor Kenneth A. Ribet, University of California at Berkeley
Wednesday, November 8, 1995, 4:30 p.m. Physics Building, Room 202"Fermat's Last Theorem"
In the seventeenth century, Pierre de Fermat, a judge in Toulouse, wrote in the margin of a book that he had found a "marvelous proof" of a deceptively simple mathematical assertion. While there are many solutions in positive integers to the equation a2 + b2 = c2, Fermat claimed that there…

Professor Jerrold Marsden, California Institue of Technology
Wednesday, October 23, 1996, 4:00 p.m.
Forest Resources, Room 100
"Introduction to Mechanics and Dynamics"
Dr. Marsden's first lecture, accessible to a general audience, will introduce the role of geometry and symmetry in the mechanics and dynamics of familiar systems. A falling cat is able to right itself through the geometric generation of rotations, while other systems, such…

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