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Greetings readers! After a long break it seems only appropriate to open with a bang. So let us all delight in the awarding of the Fields Medal, the Nevanlinna Prize, the Chern medal and other prizes at the quadrennial (i.e., once in 4 years) ICM, the International Congress of Mathematicians. This year the ICM was held in Seoul, South Korea.
You can find out more about all the awards at the ICM site, http://www.icm2014.org or any number of news outlets:
Especially important this year is the awarding of the Fields Medal to the remarkable Maryam Mirzakhani of Stanford, the first woman mathematician to receive this award. While there have been many extraordinary women mathematicians, the award has been given only to men so far making this recognition long overdue.
Here is some more information about this year’s award winners from the official ICM site.
The four winners this year from diverse areas are: Artur Avila (CNRS Paris), Manjul Bhargava (Princeton), Martin Hairer (Warwick, England) and Maryam Mirzakhani (Stanford).
And as a final shout out we should mention that Professor Mirzakhani is also a research collaborator of former OU faculty member, Kasra Rafi.
Greetings bloggers. We will take a summer break until the fall semester. There will be occasional posts so do stay tuned. Otherwise have a wonderful and productive summer!
On Saturday, May 10th the Mathematics Department will host our annual breakfast for graduating seniors, Masters and Ph.D students. All graduating students and their families are invited to attend. Please respond to the e-vite sent by Dr. Catherine Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When: Saturday, May 10th, 7:45 am to 9:15 am
Where: Physical Sciences (PHSC) 2nd floor David L. Boren Lobby
The beloved Rubik’s Cube turns 40 this year. And a celebration is under way to celebrate its enduring appeal. Created by Erno Rubik, a Hungarian architect and designer, it was initially sold as a toy at fairs before becoming an international phenomenon. “Speed cubing” is a recognized championship sport where participants compete to solve a randomized cube in the shortest possible time. The world record: 5.5 seconds.
The cube has inspired a lot of beautiful mathematics including the notion of a Rubik’s cube in higher dimensions (and an appropriate algorithm to solve it).
See this article for the traveling exhibit:
The last meeting of the Math Club will be on Wednesday, April 23rd at 5:00 pm in PHSC 1105 (as usual). There will be a talk by our own Christina Durfee followed by a PARTY!! There could even be cake…
Title of talk: “Killing the Hydra: A practical application of graph theory”
Speaker: Christina Durfee, University of Oklahoma, Department of Mathematics.
Abstract: The hydra is a creature with many heads. It is particularly difficult to kill, as each time you cut off one of its heads, two new ones grow back. The hydra can be represented by a type of graph known as a rooted tree, whose heads are the vertices of degree 1. The heads can be cut off and new heads will grow back according to certain rules. In this talk we will explain the hydra problem in more detail and discuss whether there is a strategy to kill this beast.