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Mathematics Program presents

Adventures in High Dimensions

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A lecture by
Avner Halevy
Candidate for the position in Mathematics

Go ahead, put on your n-dimensional goggles. To be sure, we’re not talking n=3 (for kids and the faint-hearted). Think higher; so high your head has almost disappeared; so high your neighbors are all suspiciously alike and almost perfectly different. As thrill-seeking mathematicians, we’ll go where no man has gone before (well, except for those other thrill-seeking mathematicians). We’ll explore some mind-bending high-dimensional phenomena, including: Surprising methods for eliminating surprises, low-distortion inter-dimensional travel, what the laws of large numbers don’t tell you, how geometry and probability are sometimes the same thing, easily mowing your hyper-spherical lawn, and where to look for your hat in a high-dimensional room.

Location: RKC 111