Dr. Daniel Litt
On Thursday, March 5, 2020, the Department of Mathematics will welcome Dr. Daniel Litt from the University of Georiga as our speaker for this academic year. There will be an afternoon colloquium talk and also a general audience talk in the evening.
3:15 p.m., Mathematics Office Suite
Riley Hall, Room 205
4:00 p.m., McEachern Lecture Hall
Furman Hall, Room 124
Primes and Geometry
A system of polynomial equations with complex coefficients defines a shape — namely, the set of solutions to this system of equations. What kind of shapes show up this way? It turns out that this (incredibly hard) question has deep connections to number theory. I’ll explain a little bit about how these connections arise, and what we can learn from them.
7:30 p.m., Shaw Hall of the Younts Conference Center
Impossible numbers and unknowable truths
Mathematicians pride themselves on certainty — we know that certain things are true because we can prove them. But it turns out that there are true things we can never prove — some of which are quite concrete. I’ll explain why this is true, and explain some of its implications, both in mathematics and outside of it.