The Spring 2016 SASMS will be held on Tuesday, July 5 at 5:00 in MC 5501. If you would like to give a talk, you may do so by clicking "Sign Up" above.

5:00

Bryan Coutts

Intro to Quantum Computing

5:30

David Benjamin Urbanik

Nuking Mosquitoes

6:00

Pure Math Club

Dinner

6:30

Ilia Chtcherbakov

Fusible Numbers

7:00

Taras Kolomatski

Stone-Weierstrass by Functional Analysis

7:30

Shelley Wu

The Robinson-Schensted-Knuth Correspondence

8:00

Linda Cook

Lenstra-Lenstra-Lovász Algorithm

8:30

Xinle Dai

What are modular forms?

9:00

Guo Xian Yau

Combinatorial Game Theory

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like your thumb.

A hands-on investigation of monohedral disk tilings.

An engineer recalls a lateral thinking puzzle he heard once, about measuring time with fuses, and tells it to his buddies, a physicist and a mathematician. The mathematician is stumped, but the physicist figures out the solution in like a minute. She gives a hint to the mathematician. After a moment's thought, his eyes suddenly widen and he scrambles to grab a piece of paper and something to write with, muttering something about order theory.

Because proving it via the Weierstrass Approximation Theorem is sooooo PM351.

In rep theory, the irreducible reps of $S_n$ are indexed by shapes with $n$ boxes. Moreover, the collection of a certain kind of labelling of those boxes, called Standard Young Tableaux, forms a basis of the irreducible reps. This gives rise to the identity $\sum_{\lambda \vdash n} f^{\lambda} = n!$. Originated from rep theory, this identity is combinatorially justified by the bijection between pairs of SYT, a combinatorial object, and permutations, established via the RSK correspondence.

A beautiful polynomial time algorithm for lattice basis reduction.

Some games are numbers, and some numbers are games. Given a game G, what does it mean for a game to be positive? Why do we care about representing numbers in terms of games? Come to the talk and you will see. (: If time permits I will talk about games that are NOT numbers, and how they are represented in modern geometry.