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 |