Events & Seminars

2017 Apr 27

Basic notions: Raz Kupferman

4:00pm to 5:15pm

Abstract: The “geometrization" of mechanics (whether classical, relativistic or quantum) is almost as old as modern differential geometry, and it nowadays textbook material. The formulation of a mathematically-sound theory for the mechanics of continuum media is still a subject of ongoing research. In this lecture I will present a geometric formulation of continuum mechanics, starting with the definition of the fundamental physical observables, e.g., force, deformation, stress and traction. The outcome of this formulation is a generalization of Newton’s "F=ma” equation for continuous media.
2017 Mar 02

Basic Notions: Ori Gurel Gurevich (HUJI) - On Smirnov's proof of conformal invariance of critical percolation

4:00pm to 5:00pm


Manchester Building, Lecture Hall 2

Let G be an infinite connected graph. For each vertex of G we decide
randomly and independently: with probability p we paint it blue and
with probability 1-p we paint it yellow. Now, consider the subgraph of
blue vertices: does it contain an infinite connected component?

There is a critical probability p_c(G), such that if p>p_c then almost
surely there is a blue infinite connected component and if pp_c or p<p_c.

We will focus on planar graphs, specifically on the triangular
2018 Jan 11

Basic Notions: Michael Hopkins (Harvard) - Homotopy theory and algebraic vector bundles

4:00pm to 5:15pm


Einstein 2
Abstract: This talk will describe joint work with Aravind Asok and Jean Fasel using the methods of homotopy theory to construct new examples of algebraic vector bundles. I will describe a natural conjecture which, if true, implies that over the complex numbers the classification of algebraic vector bundles over smooth affine varieties admitting an algebraic cell decomposition coincides with the classification of topological complex vector bundles.
2017 Nov 08

Jerusalem Analysis Seminar: "To infinity and back (a bit)", Jonathan Breuer (HUJI)

12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ross 63
Let H be a self-adjoint operator defined on an infinite dimensional Hilbert space. Given some spectral information about H, such as the continuity of its spectral measure, what can be said about the asymptotic spectral properties of its finite dimensional approximations? This is a natural (and general) question, and can be used to frame many specific problems such as the asymptotics of zeros of orthogonal polynomials, or eigenvalues of random matrices. We shall discuss some old and new results in the context of this general framework and present various open problems.