# Eaves Lecture

### J.C. Eaves Lecture

The inaugural J.C. Eaves lecture will be given by Mihai Stoiciu of Williams College at 4-5pm on 1 February 2016 in room 114 of the White Hall Classroom Building on the campus of the University of Kentucky.

**Title:** Randomness, well-posedness, and Bertrand’s paradox**Abstract:** We will discuss Bertrand’s Paradox, a famous problem in probability. The question is the following: what is the probability that a random chord in a given circle is longer than the side of the equilateral triangle inscribed in the circle? Since the problem is not well-posed, we can find at least five "correct" answers to this question. We will present these different approaches and discuss the concepts of randomness and well-posedness.

Refreshments will be served at 3:30 pm before the lecture in POT 745.

**About the speaker:** Mihai Stoiciu received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics at the University of Bucharest, Romania and his Ph.D. (also in Mathematics) at Caltech in Pasadena, CA (dissertation title: "Zeros of Random Orthogonal Polynomials on the Unit Circle"). After graduating from Caltech, Stoiciu started as an Assistant Professor at Williams College, where he is now an Associate Professor. At Williams, Stoiciu teaches courses at all levels and has advised seven Honors Theses and three summer REU Programs. He spent leaves and sabbaticals at the Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, UK, at University of California Irvine, and at University of Wisconsin Madison. Stoiciu's research is in Mathematical Physics and Functional Analysis and his current interests are in Schrodinger operators and random matrices.

The J.C. Eaves Lecture is supported by the Dr. J.C. Eaves Undergraduate Excellence Fund in Mathematics.

### About the J.C. Eaves Speakers Series

The J.C. Eaves Undergraduate Enrichment Fund supports bringing speakers to campus to speak to our undergraduate mathematics students. The Fund is supported by a generous gift from James C. Eaves, Jr. and Mary Eaves, the son and daughter-in-law of J.C. Eaves. J.C. Eaves was a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy at the University of Kentucky and served Chair of the Department from 1953 to 1963.

The photograph of J.C. Eaves from 1965 is provided courtesy of the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center. The original may be found at ExploreUK.