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[A Mathematician's View of Electromagnetism]

Mathematics Program Presents

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Mathematician's View of Electromagnetism

Hegeman 308
4:45 pm

Stefan Mendez-Diez
Mathematics Program

The purpose of this talk is to explore the interplay between mathematics and physics by taking a closer look at the theory of Electricity and Magnetism. We will start with the normal physicist's formulation of Maxwell's equations and then rewrite them from the perspective of a mathematician. This will allow us to describe what charge is as a mathematical object. We will then give a mathematical generalization of Maxwell's equations motivated by string theory and explore how physical phenomena can inform our understanding of the underlying mathematical structures. This talk should be accessible to anyone who has taken Math 213 or above.

For more information, call 845-758-7104, or e-mail

Time: 4:45 pm

Location: Hegeman 308