The Most Random of All Possible Worlds
The talk will be about the law of large numbers, in its various manifestations. This is a real cornerstone of probability and, in English, it says that a random system of a very large size is typically not random: its deterministic state is the one that has the largest probability to occur. Maximizing the probability to occur is a variational problem that can be analyzed and sometimes solved. As for any variational problem, there is always something special about the
solution, which translates into special and beautiful forms created by pure luck of the draw.
Okounkov's AMS colloquim lectures (2007) will serve as an introduction to his lecture.
About the Speaker
Andrei Okounkov is Samuel Eilenberg Professor of Mathematics Columbia University. His main research interest is representation theory. He received his PhD from Moscow State University in 1995.
Schedule of Events
Tea 4 - 4:30 PM
Lecture 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Reception 6:00 - 7:00 PM
About the Simons Science Series
This interdisciplinary colloquium invites top scientists to give lectures on recent developments in their research. PhD and graduate level scientists from the fields of mathematics, physics, computer science and the life sciences are encouraged to attend. Past speakers can be found at simonsfoundation.org.
When & Where
About the Simons Foundation
Established in 1994, the Simons Foundation is a private foundation based in New York City. With assets of $2 billion and annual grants of approximately $170 million, the foundation is dedicated to advancing the frontiers of research in basic science and mathematics.
Simons Foundation programs in Mathematics & Physical Sciences support mathematics, theoretical computer science and theoretical physics, and the foundation's Life Sciences programs have focused on research that promotes synergy between biology and mathematics.
The foundation is also committed to advancing autism research. Launched in 2005, the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is a research campaign whose mission is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding, catalyzing and driving innovative research of the greatest quality and relevance.