Williams Sigma Xi Spring Lectures

Leo Goldmakher, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - "A brief history of primes"

Abstract:  Humans have been fascinated by prime numbers for millennia. I will survey some of the greatest breakthroughs of the last 2000 years, including a few recent theoretical advances and some connections to cryptography. My focus throughout will be on the beauty of the ideas rather than on the technical details. All curious minds welcome, regardless of prior mathematical training.

Friday, April 20, 2018 - "Structured randomness in the primes"

Abstract:  Primes are deterministic objects, but their behavior can be remarkably well-predicted using random models. We will discuss some cases where this can be proved rigorously, in particular describing recent progress on a few classical problems. The talk should be accessible to anyone with a quantitative bent.

Friday, April 20 at 4:15pm

Thompson Chemistry, Wege Auditorium