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2019-09-11Boolean circuits are a restricted model of computation where one can find many interesting lower bound results. One such result is that, for n large enough, the parity of n bits cannot be computed by constant-depth, polynomial-size circuits with unbounded fan-in. Ill discuss the Razborov-Smolensky proof tof this lower bound using the method of approximation after reviewing some requisite circuit complexity. Please note the unusual schedule - this talk with be on a Wednesday.
Cornell Math Club
2019-08-29Welcome back to school! Come to Mallot 532 this Thursday for board games, pizza, and people.
2019-05-06Given a commutative ring R, we can define the unitary Cayley graph of R as the graph with vertices labeled by the elements of R, with x adjacent to y if and ony if x-y is a unit in R. These graphs are full of symmetry and structure-which often makes computing graph parameters for them quite nice. We will talk about why these graphs are important, investigate some connections to number theory, and then play around with various graph parameters. This talk should require no background to understand and will end with some fun problems to try.
2019-04-29In 2001, we had a breakthrough: Shors algorithm was used to factor 15 in polynomial time. We will begin with a brief rundown of the mathematics involvded in quantum computation, such as qubits and entanglement, and see why linear algebra lets us have our cake and eat it too. The talk will focus on the construction of several quantum logic gates, such as the Toffoli and Hadamard gates, which we will leverage to prove that quantum circuits are actually capable of faster computation than classical ones. If time permits, we willhopefully get to an overview of Shors algorithm.
2019-04-22A falling cat tends to land on its feet, if given enough time, even for non-upright, non-rotating initial conditions. This poses an apparent paradox. The cat has access to no external torques, and therefore angular momentum is conserved and zero during the cats fall. How can the cat flip itself over?
2019-04-17The surface of the earth is curved, a fact one can notice intrinsically by taking a friend to the equator and both walking straight north: initially you two begin your journey walking parallel to one another, but eventually collide at the north pole. Mathematically speaking, the positive curvature of the earth causes the straight line (geodesic) paths you two are walking on to converge. While harder to visualize, curvature is an important property of 3-dimensional spaces as well, and gaining intuition about curved 3-dimensional worlds leads to some fun mathematical thought experiments!
Math Majors Committee
2019-04-15Please come and tell me what we are doing right, what we are doing wrong, and what else we might be doing. Oh and there will be FREE PIZZA!
Cornell Math Department
2019-04-10Discover the many opportunities in math, including fall class offerings, summer programs, the major, and the minor. Meet fellow math students and faculty. Snacks will be served. The reception will start at 4, and one can drop by any time before 5:00 p.m.
2019-04-08We will begin with a cursory overview of modal logic, the meaning of soundness and completeness, and the traditional axiomatic extensions. The provability logic will be motivated by Lobs theorem, and we will explore the axiomatic extension known as GL, and discover the extent to which CL is able to encapsulate provability statements in Peano arithmetic, such that the Second Incompleteness Theorem. Time permitting, we will get into the details of Solovay’s proof of the completeness of GL with respect to Peano arithmetic. The presentation will be heavily motivated by The Unprovability of Consistency by George Boolos. Please note the unusual location.
2019-03-25A fundamental idea in number theory is to, given some equation, reduce it modulo some number. This is a fertile source of information: this is how one tells that, for example every prime greater than 2 that is the sum of two squares must be 1 mod 4. The subject of this talk will be the p-adic integers, which give us a way to leverage all of this information about an equation modulo some numbers. I will go over a few definitions, some basic properties and hopefully the above picture, which depicts the metric on the 3-adic integers.
2019-03-18The theory of optimal control provides methods to solve dynamical optimization problems in discrete and continuous time. Somewhat surprisingly, there are similarities between continuous-time control problems and static problems that arise in the study of optimal nonlinear income taxation. I will provide an introduction to continuous-time control problems and the classic solution method, Pontryagin’s Maximum Principle, and demonstrate an application of this method to optimal taxation.
Cornell Math Club
2019-03-14The math club is hosting a weekly meeting. This week we will be e having a pi day themed puzzle session and as always it will have pizza.
Cornell Math Department
2019-03-14On Pi day the math department will be hosting a pi eating contest at 1:59, to see who can eat the most pie in 3:14. For other festivities and so on, come to mallot 532.
2019-03-11Julia sets are one of the most famous and beautiful examples of fractals, arising from a simple iterative rule applied to the complex numbers. I will discuss basic properties of Julia sets from the dynamical systems perspective. To explore some topological properties of Julia sets and the connection with the famous Mandelbrot set, I will prove the ~fundamental theorem of the Mandelbrot set~. Time permitting, I will explain why the Mandelbrot set is connected and discuss a very recent and amusing result on Julia sets.
Cornell Math Club
2019-03-07We will be hosting our weekly meetings, this week we will have lolots of board games. As usual catering will be provided by Papa Johns.
2019-03-04Calculus of Variations derives conditions for finding maxima and minima of functionals (functions of functions) by slightly varying a function (here it is the input) to see how the functional value reacts. We will derive the Euler-Lagrange equation and see it in practice, finding the curve of a soup bubble over two rings and the brachistochrone. If time allows, we will look at generalizations of the Euler-Lagrange equation in higher dimensions.
Cornell Math Club
2019-02-28Puzzle session in 532 with pizza at 6:00?
2019-02-18We will explore the reflectional and rotational transformations of the Riemann Sphere and derive the functions in the complex plane which correspond to them.
2019-02-11Combinatorics concerns itself with counting. To count more complicated things, one might try to reduce the problem to counting a simpler thing by finding a bijection between the complicated thing and the simple thing. I want to convince you that bijections are fun, and that combinatorics is like a playground. I will talk about Catalan numbers and tell you about some go the things they count; if time allows, I want to introduce root polytopes, their triangulations, and some relations to pipe dream complexes.
Undergraduate Math Club
2019-02-07This thursday the math club will be hosting a game session in Mallot 532 from 6-7pm. There will be pizza!
Robert S. Strichartz and Andy Borum
2019-02-04Wondering what to do this summer? Interested in math? Want funding to support yourself? We will talk about the Cornell summer program for undergraduate research (SPUR) and other REU programs throughout the country. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to chat with students who attended such programs in the past, both at Cornell and elsewhere.
2018-12-03A formal proof is a proof in which every logical inference has been checked all the way back to the fundamental axioms of mathematics. Although there is a long way to go for formalization to be practical for working mathematicians, existing theories and technologies of formal verification are already capable of formalizing a large body of modern mathematics. In this talk, I will introduce the building blocks of formal verification, including logical foundations, proof assistants, and expressing mathematics formally in such systems. In particular, I will illustrate the relevant concepts by giving a brief overview of type theories, the Coq proof assistant, and the Flyspeck project that formally verified the 400 years old Keplers Conjecture on sphere packing. Furthermore, I will discuss common challenges in formalization endeavors.
Professor Bob Connelly
2018-11-26Put a bunch of circular disks in a container and squeeze the container until they jam. What does the packing look like? What can you say about the density of the packing? When the disks are the same size and the container is a flat torus, the answer is known. If the Radii in ratio 1:2:3, density = 7π/24=0.92015.. sizes are random as with granular materials, for existence, there will be a minimum number of contacts. If the graph of contacts is a triangulation, often the density of the packing is quite large. Evan Solomonides and Maria Yampolskaya will demonstrate a simulation of packings as the container contracts until they jam.
2018-11-19Using the tools of smooth manifold theory, we propose a generalized framework for olfactory reception, learning, and processing. Inspection of the tangent bundle to a manifold yields vector fields which allow for quantification of changes. We utilize group actions to discover fibre bundles over the manifold and discover various properties related to learning. Under this paradigm, we develop a method for categorization as well as analytical tools to model changes in the category. We end with a quick discussion of searching for data on the manifold in a way that beats nearest neighbour.
2018-11-12The Weil Conjectures are four statements about an analogue of the Zeta function over finite fields. I’m going to talk about the roots of polynomial equations in a mod p setting, define the zeta function for a projective variety, and with the new vocabulary Ill state the Weil Conjectures at the end. Familiarity of finite fields and projective geometry is useful but not required.
Cornell Math Club
2019-02-2-28Puzzle session in 532 with pizza at 6:00!