PSU Mark
Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Svetlana Katok.

Title:Billiard table as a mathematician's playground
Seminar:PMASS Colloquium
Speaker:Anatole Katok, The Pennsylvania State University
Abstract:
The title of this lecture may be understood in two ways. Literally, in a somewhat lighthearted way: mathematicians play by launching billiard balls on tables of various forms and observe (and also try to predict) what happens. In a more serious sense, the expression ``playground'' should be understood as ``testing grounds'': various questions, conjectures, methods of solution, etc. in the theory of dynamical systems are ``tested'' on various types of billiard problems. I will try to demonstrate using some accessible examples that at least the second interpretation deserves a serious attention.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB113
Date:02 / 17 / 2011
Time:02:30pm - 03:20pm