Mahler Lectures — La Trobe University

Name:Mahler Lectures — La Trobe University
Calendar:1-day meetings & lectures
When:Wed, August 17, 2011, 12:00 am - 1:00 am

AMSI logo This year's Mahler Lecturer is Peter Sarnak, of Princeton University. He will be visiting various Australian universities throughout August 2011.

Date & Venue: Public Lecture, Tuesday 16 August, 13:00; Szental Lecture Theatre, La Trobe University, Bundoora.

Title: Chaos, quantum mechanics and number theory

photo of Peter Sarnak, by Cliff Moore Professor Sarnak is a major figure in modern analytic number theory, with research interests also in analysis and mathematical physics. He has received many awards for his research including the Polya prize in 1998, the Ostrowski prize in 2001, the Conant prize in 2003 and the Cole prize in 2005.


Professor Peter Sarnak grew up in South Africa and moved to the US to study at Stanford University, where he obtained his PhD in mathematics in 1980. After appointments at the Courant Institute, New York, and Stanford, he moved to Princeton in 1991 where he has been ever since. Currently he is both the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University and Professor at the the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2002, he was made a member of the National Academy of Sciences in the USA and a Fellow of the Royal Society.


The correspondence principle in quantum mechanics is concerned with the relation between a mechanical system and its quantization. When the mechanical system are relatively orderly ("integrable"), then this relation is well understood. However when the system is chaotic much less is understood. The key features already appear and are well illustrated in the simplest systems which we will review. For chaotic systems defined number-theoretically, much more is understood and the basic problems are connected with central questions in number theory.

Location:La Trobe University, Bundoora campus Map
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Updated: 22 Jul 2011