A Bonus Math Club!


Thursday, May 4th at 4 pm in PHSC 1105

there is going to be a talk in the OU Math department which everyone should be interested in.  Dwight Neuenschwander of Southern Nazarene University will be speaking on a mixture of math, physics, and history.  Best of all, it’s about one of our favorite mathematicians: Emmy Noether!

Here’s the details:

Title: Emmy Noether’s Elegant Theorem: Symmetry, Conservation Laws, and Unity in Physics

ABSTRACT: Mathematicians are well acquainted with Emmy Noether through her important work in abstract algebra, such as her major contributions to the study of rings and ideals. Regrettably, Noether is less well known among physicists, even though her theorem about transformations under Lie groups carries powerful applications to practically all of physics. The few physicists who do know of “Noether’s Theorem” by name typically recognize it in only the context of theories with gauge invariance,
which arise in elementary particle physics and general relativity. But these elite applications only scratch the surface of the Theorem’s scope, and present unnecessary barriers to its accessibility. Emmy Noether’s elegant theorem of 1918, which connects continuous symmetries to conservation laws, offers a unifying perspective for all of physics, from classical mechanics to geometrical optics, from quantum theory to relativity.
In this pedagogical presentation, the Theorem’s definitions, strategies, and results
will be introduced and illustrated with elementary physics examples. Extensions of these concepts to field theory will be indicated briefly. Biographical notes about Emmy Noether will be emphasized.

Undergraduate and graduate students studying mathematics and physics are especially invited to attend.

Sadly, there’s no Pizza this time, but tea and cookies will be served at 3:30 PM in PHSC 424.

Also, it’s worth noting that Dwight Neuenschwander won the David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching in 2000.  He also wrote the well reviewed book entitled “Emmy Noether’s Wonderful Theorem”.

From amazon.com’s reviews:

I am a lifelong student of Physics. I have been a student long beforeI got my PhD in Physics. I am currently a Distinguished Scientist at a Government Lab. This is first review (and possibly the last) I’ve written for an Amazon book, but I felt compelled to write this after reading this book. It is an excellent example of a ‘true’ teacher at work who understands how to relate information. This is an art form.

— from Charles W. Glover’s amazon.com review


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