Welcome to Trivial Notions (2006/2007)

List of talks

All talks are on Thursday from 4:15 until 5:15 in Science Center 507 unless otherwise indicated. (Formerly Friday 2:00-3:00; note the change.)

To see last year's Trivial Notions page, look here.

(Click on the title of a talk to get the abstract.)

Date Speaker Title
22 September 2006 Valentino Tosatti The Lefschetz fixed-point formula
29 September 2006 Jonathan Pottharst Discuss your favorite Galois representation in ten words or less
6 October 2006 Maksym Fedorchuk Algebraic surfaces: from Enriques to Mori
13 October 2006 Reid Barton Cartier-Foata Theory
20 October 2006 Chen-Yu Chi Complex varieties are really real!
27 October 2006 Thomas Barnet-Lamb How to vote
3 November 2006 Samuel Isaacson Homotopy everything
10 November 2006 Veterans day
17 November 2006 David Harvey Computing 2 x 2 for large values of 2
24 November 2006 Thanksgiving break (and Ryan's birthday)
1 December 2006 Dawei Chen Counting covers of an ellipitic curve
8 December 2006 Ryan Reich The Multiplicity One theorems
15 December 2006 Andrew Lobb 7-dimensional laser calculus (canceled)
22 December 2006 Winter break
29 December 2006 Winter break
The month of January Winter break, finals, more break...no one would come, anyway
2 February 2007 David Smyth Uniformity of Rational Points
8 February 2007 Jesse Kass NOT a Talk About Stacks
15 February 2007 Lin Han There are no abelian varieties over Z
22 February 2007 Sug Woo Shin Bruhat-Tits buildings
1 March 2007 Ji Oon Lee Symmetric, but not self-adjoint
8 March 2007 David Roe Sums-of-squares formulas
16 March 2007 Kai-Wen Lan Fair Chance
23 March 2007
30 March 2007 Spring break
6 April 2007
13 April 2007 Samik Basu The Hairy Ball Theorem and the Brouwer fixed point theorem
20 April 2007 Andrew Lobb My name is —, and I am a number theorist.
27 April 2007 Stewart Wilcox Who needs inverses anyway?
4 May 2007 Cameron Freer 050407 Trees in One

What is Trivial Notions?

The Trivial Notions seminar is held once a week in the Mathematics Department at Harvard University. The target audience is the graduate student body of the Department, and those giving talks are (almost always) graduate students in the Department. Talks can be on any topic, but they should be accessible to graduate students!

The seminar is a great way to find out what other students are thinking about. It's also a great way to practice talking mathematics in front of others, without the distraction of scary professors in the audience.

Any questions?

The seminar is organized this year by Ryan Reich and Ruifang Song. Please send one of us an email if you have any questions or if you want to add yourself to the schedule.

This page was based on the previous year's one, which was based on the one from the year before, by David Harvey.