In September 2019 I gave a talk about the life and some of the mathematics of Karen Uhlenbeck, the great mathematician and first woman to win an Abel Prize. This was a Monash LunchMaths seminar.
Humans have known how to multiply natural numbers for a long time. In primary school you learn how to multiply numbers using an algorithm which is often called long multiplication, and it was known to the ancient Babylonians. But it’s
(Technical) We’re going to take Liouville structures and move them into 3 dimensions, to obtain contact structures.
(Technical) I’d like to show you some very nice geometry, involving some vector fields and differential forms.
In the spirit of previous work in abstract algebra, I have, erm, adapted another nursery rhyme.
To the tune of “Mary had a little lamb”, a discussion of Noether’s theorem.
In 1949, Marcel Golay was thinking about spectrometry. Here’s what happened next…
Entropy means many different things in different contexts, but there is a wonderful notion of entropy which is purely topological. It only requires a space, and a map on it. It is independent of geometry, or any other arbitrary features — it is a purely intrinsic concept. This notion, not surprisingly, is known as topological entropy.
In the spirit of hilariously advanced baby books like Chris Ferrie’s Quantum Physics for Babies, I have taken to incorporating absurdly sophisticated concepts into nursery rhymes.
In which I recall, via neurologist Oliver Sacks, some musings of Sylvester from 1877 on the limitlessness of mathematics.
In September 2018 I gave a talk on the life and mathematics of Maryam Mirzakhani in the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences colloquium at NTU in Singapore.