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    Mahler Public Lecture: The theory of numbers, from ancient Greece to the 21st century (Prof Matthew Emerton University of Chicago)

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    Join us for a Mahler public lecture from Professor Matthew Emerton from the University of Chicago. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.


    This lecture, aimed at members of the public interested in mathematics, will explain some of the key ideas in the theory of numbers, as developed over the last two thousand-plus years.   Beginning with the theory of geometric constructions from ancient Greek geometry, and its relationship to the discovery and properties of irrational numbers, I will sketch in broad outlines how these ideas evolved, through the theory of equations and their symmetries as developed by Galois, culminating in a description of some of the contemporary aspects of the theory.  My focus will be on emphasizing how symmetries of mathematical problems, some obvious but some not-so-obvious, play a hidden role in the nature of their solutions.

    About the speaker

    Matthew Emerton is currently a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Chicago.

    Matthew does research in number theory and arithmetic geometry. I is particularly interested in the theory of automorphic forms and their relationship to Diophantine equations and the Galois theory of number fields (the area known as "The Langlands Program'').

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    Topic: Mahler Public Lecture: The theory of numbers, from ancient Greece to the 21st century
    Time: Jul 4, 2024 05:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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