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3-4 April 2014

Mikhail Kapranov

Yale University


Professor Kapranov will present two lectures, the first of which is intended for undergraduates:

  • Undergraduate lecture: "How simple is the simplex?", 4pm, Thursday, 3 April 2014 in 166 Lawrence Hall. There will be a reception in Fenton 219 immediately after the talk.
  • Colloquium lecture: "2-dimensional symmetry of homological algebra", 4pm, Friday, 4 April 2014 in 208 Deady Hall. Before the lecture there will be tea at 3:15 in Fenton 219.
Here is a poster giving more information about the two lectures (PDF).


13-14 May 2013

Sergey Fomin

University of Michigan


Professor Fomin will present two lectures, the first of which is intended for undergraduates:

  • Undergraduate lecture: "Periodicity of Cluster Transformations", 4pm, Monday, 13 May 2013 in 208 Deady Hall. There will be a reception in Fenton 219 immediately after the talk.
  • Colloquium lecture: "Cluster Algebras and Invariant Theory", 4pm, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 in 112 Lillis Hall. Before the lecture there will be tea from 3:15 in Fenton 219.
Here is a poster giving more information about the two lectures (PDF).


14-15 May 2012

Ravi Vakil

Stanford University


Professor Vakil will present two lectures, the first of which is intended for undergraduates:

  • Undergraduate lecture: "The Mathematics of Doodling", Monday, 14 May 2012, 4:00 pm in 208 Fenton Hall.
  • Colloquium lecture: "Cutting and Pasting in Algebraic Geometry", Tuesday, 15 May 2012, 4:00 pm in 208 Fenton Hall.



24-25 May 2011

Denis Auroux

University of California, Berkeley


Professor Auroux will present two lectures, the first of which is intended for undergraduates:

  • Undergraduate lecture: "Seeing into the fourth dimension", Tuesday, 24 May 2011, 4:00 pm in 100 Willamette Hall. Reception to follow in Willamette Hall atrium.
  • Colloquium lecture: "Building 3-manifold invariants by composing correspondences", Wednesday, 25 May 2011, 4:00 pm in 100 Willamette Hall. Tea from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Willamette Hall atrium.
Here are the abstracts.


26-28 April 2010

Alexei Borodin

California Institute of Technology


Professor Borodin will present two lectures, the first of which is intended for undergraduates:

  • Undergraduate lecture, "Around Longest Increasing Subsequences", Wednesday, 26 May 2010, 4:00 pm in 166 Lawrence Hall.
  • Colloquium lecture, "Interlacing Particle Systems", Friday, 28 May 2010, 4:00 pm in 208 Deady Hall.
Here is the poster, including the abstracts.


21-22 April 2008

Allen Knutson

UC San Diego


Professor Knutson will present two lectures, the second of which is intended for undergraduates:

  • Colloquium lecture, "The Space of Commuting Matrices, and Statistical Mechanics", 4pm, 21 April 2008, 208 Deady.
  • Undergraduate lecture (likely to be interesting to graduate students too), "Juggling Patterns and Gaussian Elimination", noon, 22 April 2008, 301 Deady.
Here are the abstracts.


11-12 April 2007

Dan Freed

University of Texas at Austin


Professor Freed will present two lectures, the first of which is intended for undergraduates:

  • Lecture 1: "The geometry and topology of Maxwell's equations".
    12:00 p.m., Wednesday, 11 April 2007
  • Lecture 2: "Secondary differential-geometric invariants, generalized cohomology, and QCD"
    4:00 p.m., Thursday, 12 April 2007

28 March - 1 April 2005

Alexandre Kirillov

University of Pennsylvania


Professor Kirillov will present three lectures, the second two of which are undergraduate lectures:

  • Lecture 1: "A tale on two fractals"
    4:00 p.m., Monday, 28 March 2005, 106 Deady Hall
  • Lecture 2: "Self-similar fractal sets and generalized numerical systems"
    12:00 p.m., Wednesday, 30 March 2005, 229 McKenzie Hall
  • Lecture 3: "Descartes theorem and its generalization"
    4:00 p.m., Friday, 1 April 2005, 106 Deady Hall
Here are the abstracts for all three talks (pdf).

24-25 May 2004

Peter Sarnak

Princeton University and Courant Institute


Professor Sarnak will present two lectures, the second of which is intended for undergraduates:

  • Lecture 1: "The spectrum of the modular surface"
    4:00 p.m., Monday, 24 May 2004, 208 Deady Hall
  • Lecture 2: "Sums of squares"
    12:00 p.m., Tuesday, 25 May 2004, 229 McKenzie Hall

14-15 October 2002

John Conway

Princeton University


Professor Conway will present two lectures, the second of which is intended for undergraduates:

  • Lecture 1: "The 219 space groups"
    4:00 p.m., Monday, 14 October 2002, 110 Fenton Hall
  • Lecture 2: "What's new about polyhedra and polytopes?"
    4:00 p.m., Tuesday, 15 October 2002, 110 Fenton Hall

8-10 May 2000

George Andrews

Pennsylvania State University


Professor Andrews will present two lectures, the second of which is intended for undergraduates:

  • Lecture 1: "Some things Ramanujan may have had up his sleeve"
    4:00 p.m., Monday, 8 May 2000, 110 Fenton Hall
  • Lecture 2: "Ramanujan, continued fractions and teaching mathematics"
    4:00 p.m., Wednesday,10 May 2000, 210 Deady Hall


26-28 April 1999

David Eisenbud

Director of MSRI and University of California, Berkeley


Professor Eisenbud will present three lectures, the last of which is intended for undergraduates:

  • Lecture 1: "What free resolutions (might) teach us about geometry"
    4:00 p.m., Monday, 26 April 1999, 110 Fenton Hall
  • Lecture 2: "Free resolutions over exterior algebras"
    4:00 p.m., Tuesday, 27 April 1999, 210 Deady Hall
  • Lecture 3: "How to take a walk using a commutative algebra"
    12:00 p.m., Wednesday, 28 April 1999, 210 Deady Hall

May 1997

Michael Artin

Massachusetts Institute of Technology



June 1996

Persi Diaconis

Stanford University



October 1994

Hugh Montgomery

University of Michigan