Past Speakers for the William Thurston Lectures

2017 Thurston Lectures

We are excited to announce that the first installment of our annual Thurston Lectures, named after Fields Medalist and former UC Davis mathematician William Thurston and made possible by a generous donation, will be delivered this Spring 2017 quarter by Dylan Thurston.

Event details: Prof. Thurston will be visiting the UC Davis Department of Mathematics during the week of May 1-5 and will deliver 3 lectures:

  • Lecture 1: Undergraduate lecture, Tuesday May 2, 5:30-6:30 in Mathematical Sciences Building 1147.
  • Lecture 2: Colloquium, "Rubber Bands and Rational Maps" -- Wednesday May 3, 4-5 pm in Mathematical Sciences Building 1147. The colloquium will be followed by a reception.
  • Lecture 3: Geometry and topology seminar. May 4, 12-1 pm in Mathematical Sciences Building 1147.

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Speaker bio


Dylan Thurston is a professor of mathematics at Indiana University, Bloomington. In his research, he has contributed broadly to Heegaard Floer homology, cluster algebras and representation theory, finite-type invariants of 3-manifolds, combinatorial topology and geometry, conformal geometry, and even quantum gravity and cosmological inflation. Prior to becoming a professor at Indiana University, he held positions at the University of California, Berkeley; the Tokyo Institute of Technology; Cornell University; Barnard College at Columbia University; and Harvard University. In 2017, he was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.