Thresholds for increasing properties of random structures are a central concern in probabilistic combinatorics and related areas. In 2006, Kahn and Kalai conjectured that for any nontrivial increasing property on a finite set, its threshold is...

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Members’ Colloquium

The fundamental equations of fluid dynamics exhibit non-uniqueness. Is this a mathematical fluke, or do the equations fail to uniquely predict the motion of fluids? In this colloquium, we present recent mathematical and physical progress toward...

I will describe how the orbit method can be developed in a quantitative form, along the lines of microlocal analysis, and applied to local problems in representation theory and global problems involving the analysis of automorphic forms. This talk...

Let X be a smooth affine algebraic variety over the field C of complex numbers (that is, a smooth submanifold of C^n which can be described as the solutions to a system of polynomial equations). Grothendieck showed that the de Rham cohomology of X...

Morrey’s conjecture arose from a rather innocent looking question in 1952: is there a local condition characterizing "ellipticity” in the calculus of variations? Morrey was not able to answer the question, and indeed, it took 40 years until first...

In this talk we will discuss connections between the geometric and analytic/PDE properties of sets. The emphasis is on quantifiable, global results which yield true equivalence between the geometric and PDE notions in very rough scenarios, including...

I will discuss some questions of interest in neuroscience, seen through the lens of mathematics. No prior knowledge of neuroscience is needed for this talk. Two of the most basic visual capabilities of primates are orientation selectivity, i.e., the...

The classification of geometric structures on manifolds naturally leads to actions of automorphism groups, (such as mapping class groups of surfaces) on "character varieties" (spaces of equivalence classes of representations of surface groups).

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I will introduce a new model of randomly agitated equations. I will focus on the finite finite dimensional approximations (analogous to Galerkin approximations) and the two-dimensional setting. I will discuss number of properties of the models...

The spread of a matrix is defined as the diameter of its spectrum. This quantity has been well-studied for general matrices and has recently grown in popularity for the specific case of the adjacency matrix of a graph. Most notably, Gregory...