Harvard University Math Department

Every other Thursday, 4-6 p.m., SC 309a

Talk begins at 4, reception begins at 5, snacks provided.

February 8

  • Speaker: Melody Chan (Brown)
  • Title: Counting Trees
  • Abstract: I will talk about counting trees, in the sense of graph theory---although this can be adjusted to the demands of the audience. No prerequisites.

February 15

  • Speaker: Rohini Ramadas (Harvard)
  • Title: Dynamics of polynomials and rational functions
  • Abstract: I will introduce polynomials as dynamical systems on the set of complex numbers and rational functions as dynamical systems on the Riemann Sphere (the complex numbers plus a point at infinity). I will discuss how the study of the dynamics of polynomials and rational functions leads to the study of higher dimensional dynamical systems. A famous example: If 'c' is a complex constant then the polynomial 'z goes to z^2+c' is a map from set of complex numbers to itself. How do the dynamics of this map depend on the complex number 'c'? This will be a very introductory talk.

March 1

  • Speaker: Wes Cain (Harvard)
  • Title: TBA
  • Abstract: TBA

March 23 (Note the unusual day!)

  • Speaker: Kathryn Mann (Brown)
  • Title: TBA
  • Abstract: TBA

April 5

  • Speaker: Karen Edwards (Harvard)
  • Title: TBA
  • Abstract: TBA

April 19

  • Speaker: Heather Macbeth (MIT)
  • Title: TBA
  • Abstract: TBA

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Organizers: Ana Balibanu (ana@math.harvard.edu) and Alison Miller (abmiller@math.harvard.edu)