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2018 Thurston Lectures

We are excited to announce that the second 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 2018 quarter by Thomas Hales.

Event details: Professor Hales will be visiting the UC Davis Department of Mathematics during the week of May 9-11 and will deliver 3 lectures: (Click on the lecture to view the recording)

  • Lecture 1: Algebra-Discrete Math Seminar, "Bad Packings" -- Wednesday, May 9 at 4:10-5pm in Mathematical Sciences Building 1147.
  • Lecture 2: Colloquium, "Computer Verification and Math" -- Thursday, May 10 at 4:30-5:30pm
    in Mathematical Sciences Building 1147. The colloquium will be preceded by a reception at 4:00pm.
  • Lecture 3: Third lecture. "Formal Proof" -- Friday, May 11 at 4:10-5pm in Mathematical Sciences Building 1147.

Speaker bio

Professor Thomas C. Hales is a highly distinguished mathematician working in the areas of representation theory, discrete geometry, and more recently computer formal verification of proofs. His contributions are widely impressive and varied. In representation theory he is known for his work on the Langlands program. In discrete geometry, he settled the Kepler conjecture on the density of sphere packings and the honeycomb conjecture. In 2014, he announced the completion of the Flyspeck Project, which formally verified the correctness of his proof of the Kepler conjecture.

 

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.