PSU Mark
Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Svetlana Katok, Stephanie Zerby, Flossie Dunlop.

Title:Physical discoveries and proofs of mathematical theorems
Seminar:PMASS Colloquium
Speaker:Mark Levi, The Pennsylvania State University
Abstract:
Physics often provides mathematics not only with a problem, but also with the idea of a solution. Some calculus problems can be solved more quickly without calculus, by using physics instead. Quite a few theorems which may seem somewhat mysterious become completely obvious when given a proper physical incarnation. This is the case for some “elementary” theorems (the Pythagorean Theorem, Pappus' theorems, some trig identities, Euler's formula V-E+F=2, and more) and for some less elementary ones: Green's theorem, the Riemann Mapping Theorem, Noether's theorem on conserved quantities, and more (no familiarity with any of these is assumed). I will describe a miscellaneous sampling of problems according to the audience's preferences.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB113
Date:01 / 19 / 2012
Time:02:30pm - 03:30pm