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Slices of Thurston’s Master Teapot

INFORMAL GEOMETRY AND DYNAMICS

June 3, 2020      4:00 pm
Speaker: Kathryn Lindsey - Boston College

Thurston's Master Teapot is the closure of the set of all points $(z,\lambda) \in \mathbb{C} \times \mathbb{R}$ such that $\lambda$ is the growth rate of a critically periodic unimodal self-map of...
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Kitaev’s finite group model as an error correcting code

MATHEMATICAL PICTURE LANGUAGE

June 2, 2020      10:00 am
Speaker: Shawn Cui - Perdue University

Kitaev's quantum double models in 2D provide some of the most commonly studied examples of topological quantum order.  In particular, the ground space is thought to yield a quantum error-correcting...
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From Archimedes to Quantum Supremacy

MATHEMATICAL PICTURE LANGUAGE

May 26, 2020      10:00 am
Speaker: Scott Aaronson - University of Texas at Austin

I'll tell a mathematical story that runs from Archimedes' hat-box theorem of ~200BC (which he used to calculate the surface area of the sphere), to the properties of "Porter-Thomas" probability distributions,...
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Math Science Literature Lecture Series

CMSA EVENTS

May 22, 2020      2:00 pm
Speaker: Bong Lian - Brandeis University

Please register here to attend any of the lectures. Title: From string theory and Moonshine to vertex algebras Abstract: This is a brief survey of the early historical development of vertex...
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Math Science Literature Lecture Series

CMSA EVENTS

May 22, 2020      12:30 pm
Speaker: Ciprian Manolescu - Stanford University

Please register here to attend any of the lectures. Title: Four-dimensional topology Abstract: I will outline the history of four-dimensional topology. Some major events were the work of Donaldson and Freedman...
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