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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Robert Vaughan, Karl Schwede, Mihran Papikian, Ae Ja Yee.

Title:A quick tour of discrepancy theory
Seminar:Algebra and Number Theory Seminar
Speaker:William Chen, MacQuarie University
The birth of geometric discrepancy theory is usually attributed to the fundamental work of Klaus Roth in 1954. The present scope of the subject is due in no small part to the many important results of Wolfgang Schmidt in the 1960s and 1970s. It is fair to say that every subsequent worker in the subject have been motivated and encouraged, directly or indirectly, by these two pioneers and their work. Lower bound results in discrepancy theory exhibit the limitations to just point distributions, whereas upper bound results lead to point distributions that are close to best possible under such limitations. In this expository talk, we shall discuss some of the main results obtained over the last 60 years, and introduce to the audience a number of lower and upper bound techniques. We shall also briefly discuss some open questions.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB106
Date:10 / 09 / 2014
Time:11:15am - 12:05pm