Geometric intuition in number theory

Start: 04/18/2012 - 4:15pm
End  : 04/18/2012 - 5:15pm


Wolfgang Schmidt (University of Colorado at Boulder)


We will try to show how simple geometric ideas can be useful in number theory.

About the speaker

Wolfgang Schmidt is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a member of the Austrian and Polish Academies of Sciences. Professor Schmidt received his Ph.D. at the University of Vienna in 1955 under the supervision of Edmund Hlawka. He has written eight books and about 200 papers, which contain some fundamental contributions to number theory, especially to Diophantine approximation, Diophantine geometry, and the theory of uniform distribution. For instance, Schmidt's subspace theorem is one of the most celebrated Diophantine results of the 20th century. He was awarded the eighth Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory in 1972 for his breakthrough work in Diophantine approximation. His series of papers on irregularities of distribution contained landmark results. Schmidt is among only four number theorists who have been invited to address the International Congress of Mathematicians three times (1974, Vancouver - plenary; 1970, Nice and 1983 Warszawa - invited).


Freeburg Forum (Kravis Center, LC 62), Claremont McKenna College

Misc. Information

Here is the PDF flyer for this talk. The dinner will be hosted by Prof. Lenny Fukshansky. Professor Schmidt will also give an ANTC seminar talk on Tuesday, 4/17/12.