Thursday, November 9
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: 114 McAllister Building
Name: Arthur Jaffe
Affiliation: Harvard University
Title: On the Unreasonable Effectiveness of Physics in Mathematics
Abstract: In 1960 Eugene Wigner gave a famous lecture "On the Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences." More recently we have witnessed a flow of ideas in the opposite direction. Ideas from theoretical physics permeate mathematics, and they appear to stimulate progress on virtually every frontier. An optimistic interpretation of this fascinating paradigm shift suggests that we have only begun to harvest an abundant crop of new ideas.