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Johann Bernoulli Lecture 2013

Wanneer:ma 18-03-2013 om 19:30
Waar:Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5, Groningen

The lecture will take place on Monday March 18, 2013 at 7.30 p.m. at the Academiegebouw. The lecture will be given by Jeremy Gray (Open University UK) and is titled On the cusp of the new physics: Henri Poincaré and mathematical physics one hundred years ago. The speaker will be introduced by Jan van Maanen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)

Henri Poincaré (1854-1912) spent much of his working life exploring every branch of mathematical physics, and he wrote about it at every level from the advanced research paper to the popular essay. He was involved at the very start of the move to quantum mechanics, and he famously discovered many of the key ideas in special relativity before Einstein. This lecture considers how he tried to shape the mathematical physics at the start of the 20th century.

Poincaré has had a tremendous influence on the development of mathematics and mathematical physics. His work has led to fruitful fields of research, where geometry, groups and later also early traces of probability theory are effectively at work. In particular, under his influence the modern field of dynamical systems, grew out of the theory of ordinary differential equations; the inspiration came mainly from celestial mechanics.

Jeremy Gray has studied mathematics at Oxford University from 1966 to 1969, and then at Warwick University, obtaining his Ph.D. in 1980 under the supervision of Ian Stewart and David Fowler. He has worked at the Open University since 1975, and has been a Professor of the History of Mathematics there since 2002.

See also: Johann Bernoulli lezingen