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The Geometry and Physics of Numbers, lecture and Q & A by Matilde Marcolli 5-23-13

Thursday, May 23, 7 pm
The Geometry and Physics of Numbers, lecture and Q & A by Matilde Marcolli, professor of mathematics at California Institute of Technology.

"I will talk about how even very simple properties of numbers are in fact very mysterious and are at the root of some very active areas of research in modern mathematics. I will also show how our understanding of quantum physics and of elementary particles can help us shape our understanding of some of these fundamental questions on the properties of numbers. The mysteries surrounding prime numbers and prime factorization, in turn, have a broad impact on our information based society."

Matilde graduated with a Laurea in Physics from the University of Milano in 1993 and received her PhD in Mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1997. She worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as at the Max-Planck Institute for Mathematics and at Florida State University. Currently she is Professor of Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology. Prizes and awards include the Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize (2001) and the Sofja Kovalevskaya Award (2001).

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