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UW Madison mathematics Colloquium is on Fridays at 4:00 pm.

Fall 2021

September 17, 2021, B239 + Live Stream, Mark Shusterman (Harvard)

(hosted by Gurevich)

Finitely Presented Groups in Arithmetic Geometry

I will report on recent works, in part joint with Esnault—Srinivas, and with Jarden, on the finite presentability of several (profinite) groups arising in algebraic geometry and in number theory. These results build on a cohomological criterion of Lubotzky involving Euler characteristics. I will try to explain the analogy, rooted in arithmetic topology, between these results and classical facts about fundamental groups of three-dimensional manifolds.

September 24, 2021, B239, Sean Paul (UW-Madison)

October 1, 2021, B239, Andrei Caldararu (UW-Madison)

October 8, 2021, Zoom, Jon Chapman (University of Oxford)

(Wasow lecture; hosted by Thiffeault)

Asymptotics beyond all orders: the devil's invention?

"Divergent series are the invention of the devil, and it is shameful to base on them any demonstration whatsoever." --- N. H. Abel.

The lecture will introduce the concept of an asymptotic series, showing how useful divergent series can be, despite Abel's reservations. We will then discuss Stokes' phenomenon, whereby the coefficients in the series appear to change discontinuously. We will show how understanding Stokes' phenomenon is the key which allows us to determine the qualitative and quantitative behaviour of the solution in many practical problems. Examples will be drawn from the areas of surface waves on fluids, crystal growth, dislocation dynamics, and Hele-Shaw flow.

October 11, 13, 15, 2021, Zoom, [Mon, Wed, Fri 4-5pm], Geordie Williamson (University of Sydney)

(Special lecture series; hosted by Gurevich)

October 22, 2021, Zoom, Vera Serganova (UC Berkeley)

(hosted by Gurevich/Gorin)

October 29, 2021 , Alexandru Ionescu (Princeton University)

(hosted by Wainger)

November 5, 2021 , Jayadev S. Athreya (University of Washington)

(hosted by Uyanik)

November 12, 2021 , Kasso Okoudjou (Tufts University)

(hosted by Stovall)

November 19, 2021 , TBA (TBA)

(reserved by the hiring committee)

December 3, 2021 , TBA (TBA)

(reserved by the hiring committee)

December 10, 2021 , TBA (TBA)

(reserved by the hiring committee)


Spring 2022

Past Colloquia

Spring 2021

Fall 2020

Spring 2020

Fall 2019

Spring 2019

Fall 2018

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Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

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Fall 2015

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Fall 2014

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012