On Thursday, March 30, 2017 the Department of Mathematics will welcome Professor William T. Trotter from the School of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology as our annual Clanton Visiting Mathematician.
On that day there will be a reception at 3:00 p.m. followed by afternoon colloquium talk at 4:00 and an evening presentation at 7:30 p.m. designed for a more general audience.
Drop-in to enjoy some refreshments and have an opportunity to meet and talk witih Professosr Trotter at 3:15 p.m. in the Mathematics Department office suite, Riley Hall 205.
Afternoon Colloquium Talk
"Dimension Theory for Posets -- Graph Theory for Grown-Ups"
4:00 p.m. in Townes Science Center, Patrick Lecture Hall
With tongue firmly in cheek in stating the title, we contrast well-known results in graph theory with their counterparts in dimension theory, including (1) maximum chromatic number of a graph on n points; (2) maximum chromatic number in terms of maximum degree; (3) chromatic number, components and blocks; and (4) stability analysis. All of these results have companion versions for posets, but in each case, there will be a striking difference in depth and difficulty.
"Modern Trends in Combinatorial Mathematics"
7:30 p.m. in the Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center
Although the historical roots can be traced back two hundred years or so, there has been a genuine explosion in the body of knowledge over the past forty years and the pace seems only to be accelerating. No doubt this phenomenon has been sparked by the close connections with computer science, but it has also been prompted by connections with engineering, business and the life sciences. In this talk we will comment on some highlights over this span of time, make some remarks about current developments and make some predicitions about the future.
Previous CLANTON Speakers
2015-2016: Richarad Karp, University of California, Berkeley
2014-2015: Bryna Kra, Northwestern University
2013-2014: Avi Wigderson, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ
2012-2013: Ken Ono, Emory University
2011-2012: William J. Cook, Georgia Institute of Technology
2010-2011: J. Michael Steele, University of Pennsylvania
2009-2010: Donald Saari, University of California, Irvine
2008-2009: Stephen Stigler, University of Chicago
2007-2008: Colin Clark, University of British Columbia
2006-2007: Barry Mazur, Harvard University
2005-2006: Peter Winkler, Dartmouth College
2003-2004: Jeffrey Weeks, Mathematician and author of The Shape of Space
2002-2003: Frank Morgan, Williams College
2001-2002: George Andrews, Pennsylvania State University
2000-2001: Kenneth Ribet, University of California, Berkeley
1999-2000: Jonathan Borwein, Simon Fraser University
1998-1999: Carolyn Gordon, Dartmouth College
1997-1998: Mary Ellen Rudin, University of Wisconsin
1996-1997: László Lovász, Yale University
1995-1996: Frederick Mosteller, Harvard University
1994-1995: Saunders MacLane, University of Chicago
1993-1994: Persi Diaconis, Harvard University
1992-1993: John H. Conway, Princeton University
1991-1992: Paul Halmos, Santa Clara University
1990-1991: Bradley Efron, Stanford University
1989-1990: Carl Pomerance, University of Georgia
1988-1999: Heinz-Otto Peitgen, University of Bremen
1987-1988: Ronald Graham, AT&T Bell Laboratories