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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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Title:Complete Sequences
Seminar:Department of Mathematics Colloquium
Speaker:Van Vu, Rutgers University
Abstract:
A basic problem in number theory is to represent the natural numbers as sums of elements of a sparse sequence. In 1962, Paul Erdos came up with the following notion. A sequence is complete if its partial sums contains all natural numbers with finite exceptions. He raised the question of characterizing all complete sequences. In this talk, I will briefly survey the history of this problem and then discuss a recent result (joint with Endre Szemeredi) which solves Erdos' problem. The main idea of the proof comes from the fast growing field of additive combinatorics.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB114
Date:03 / 17 / 2011
Time:04:00pm - 05:00pm