Blyth 2006

Department of Mathematics
University of Toronto

Twelfth Annual R.A. Blyth Lectures in Mathematics

 

Professor Andrei Okounkov

Princeton University

Will give three lectures on Limit Shapes, Real and Imagined

We are surrounded by limit shapes --- macroscopic forms produced from microscopic particles by microscopic laws. One can learn about shape formation phenomena from very simple random surface models which can be analyzed exactly. Surprisingly, the same random surface models appear in other areas of mathematics and physics, such as gauge theory and enumerative algebraic geometry.

Lecture 1: Random Surfaces Around Us
Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 4:10 p.m.
Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St. George St.
Room 1130

Lecture 2: Instantons, and How Random Surfaces Count Them
Thursday, March 30, 2006, 4:10 p.m.
Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St. George St.
Room 1170

Lecture 3: Toward Probabilistic Mirror Symmetry
Friday, March 31, 2006, 4:10 p.m.
Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St. George St.
Room 1170


The Blyth Lecture Reception will follow the First Lecture on Wednesday 29, 2006, at the Faculty Club, 41 Wilcocks Street. All are invited to attend.