Van Winter Lecture Series

The 2018-19 van Winter Memorial Lecture in Mathematical Physics

Speaker: Gigliola Staffilani, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Title: How the study of complex wave phenomena inspires beautiful mathematics
Date, time, location: 4-5pm, Monday, 5 November 2018, CP 155
Abstract: Waves are all around us: ocean waves, sound waves, rainbows...scientists have spent countless hours trying to understand them, to predict them and to harness from them the energy that they encapsulate. In this talk I will try to convey how the mathematical study of these physical phenomena have also created and inspired a whole set of new mathematical tools that are elegant, powerful and also incredibly beautiful in their abstract nature. These tools are now used to answer open problems in completely different setting, from number theory to probability, to symplectic geometry and more.



Past van Winter lecturers

  • 2017-18, John Preskill, California Institute of Technology
  • 2016-17, MIchael Weinstein, Columbia University
  • 2015-16, John Cardy, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2014-15, Ingrid Daubechies, Duke University
  • 2013-14, Juan Maldacena, Institute for Advanced Study
  • 2012-13, Israel Michael Sigal, University of Toronto
  • 2011-12, Paul Steinhardt, Princeton University
  • 2010-11, Gunther Uhlmann, University of Washington
  • 2009-10, Christopher Hill, Fermilab
  • 2008-09, Percy Deift, Courant Institute, NYU
  • 2007-08, Joel Lebowitz, Rutgers University
  • 2006-07, Barry Simon, California Inst. of Technology
  • 2005-06, Eric Heller, Harvard University
  • 2004-05, Maciej Zworski, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2003-04, Roger Blandford, Stanford University
  • 2002-03, Clifford Taubes, Harvard University
  • 2001-02, Elliot Lieb, Princeton University

About the van Winter Memorial Lecture in Mathematical Physics

The van Winter Memorial Lecture honors the memory of Clasine van Winter, who held a professorship in the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy from 1968 to her retirement in 1999. Professor Van Winter specialized in the study of multiparticle quantum systems; her contributions include the Weinberg-van Winter equations for a multiparticle quantum system, derived independently by Professor van Winter and Professor Steven Weinberg, and the so-called HVZ Theorem which characterizes the essential spectrum of multiparticle quantum systems. She passed away in October of 2000.

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