CMSA Math Science Literature Lecture Series


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September 25, 2020 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

William Casselman - University of British Columbia

TITLE: The origins of Langlands’ conjectures

ABSTRACT: Langlands has made many contributions to number theory, but the principal one is probably his discovery in 1966–67, followed by work in subsequent years, of the role of the dual group in the theories of automorphic forms and L-functions.  In order to try to understand what this amounted to, I will trace the origins of this development through work of Ramanujan, Hecke, Siegel, Maass, Selberg, and other mathematicians of the twentieth century.

Talk chair:  Wilfried Schmid

Written articles will accompany each lecture in this series and be available as part of the publication “History and Literature of Mathematical Science.”

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