Welcome to Trivial Notions (2009/2010)

List of talks

All talks are on Thursday from 2:00 until 3:00 in Science Center 507 unless otherwise indicated.

Previous years Trivial Notions pages:

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

Date Speaker Title
10 September 2009 Jack Huizenga How to count like Michel Chasles (and not like Jakob Steiner)
17 September 2009 Nicolás Ojeda Bär The Standard Conjectures
24 September 2009 Ana Caraiani An Introduction To Stacks
1 October 2009 Ethan Street 3-manifolds that go bump in the night
9 October 2009 Thomas Koberda When can we expect K(G,1) to be finite dimensional?
15 October 2009 Eric Wofsey Homotopy associativity and commutativity
22 October 2009 Aaron Silberstein Two Curves, One Cusp
29 October 2009 Oleg Ivrii Centaurs Squared
5 November 2009 Wushi Goldring Unifying Themes Suggested By Belyi's Theorem
12 November 2009 Carl Erickson The Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture
19 November 2009 Sam Raskin Faiscism
26 November 2009 Thanksgiving No seminar.
3 December 2009 Anand Deopurkar How non-complete is Mg?
4 December 2009 Fall term reading period begins. No seminar until Spring semester.
11 February 2010 Giulio Tiozzo Torus diffeomorphisms vs. common sense
18 February 2010 Jack Thorne Equidistribution in number theory
25 February 2010 David Roe Coxeter Groups and 4-dimensional Polytopes
4 March 2010 Andrei Negut Attractors and epsilon-invisible sets
11 March 2010 Anand Patel 12 Points on P1
18 March 2009 Spring Break! No seminar.
25 March 2010 Tanya Kobylyatskaya Knot Theory
1 April 2010 No Seminar.
8 April 2010 Bao Le Hung Derived category of coherent sheaves
15 April 2010 Hansheng Diao Quantum Unique Ergodicity --- from quantum physics to number theory
22 April 2010 Ronen Mukamel Billiards on a Regular Pentagon
29 April 2010 Spring term reading period begins. No seminar until Fall 2010.

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 Giulio Tiozzo and Jack Thorne. 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 previous year's one, which was based on the previous year's one, which was based on the one from three years before, by David Harvey.