Mahler Lectures — Adelaide

Name:Mahler Lectures — Adelaide
Calendar:1-day meetings & lectures
When:Tue, August 9, 2011, 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

AMSI logo This year's Mahler Lecturer is Peter Sarnak, of Princeton University. He will be visiting various Australian universities throughout August 2011.

  • Public Lecture: Tuesday 9 Aug, 18:00 (SA time); Napier 102, Adelaide University.

Title: Chaos, quantum mechanics and number theory


photo of Peter Sarnak, by Cliff Moore Professor Peter Sarnak grew up in South Africa and moved to the US to study at Stanford University, where he obtained his PhD in mathematics in 1980. After appointments at the Courant Institute, New York, and Stanford, he moved to Princeton in 1991 where he has been ever since. Currently he is both the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University and Professor at the the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2002, he was made a member of the National Academy of Sciences in the USA and a Fellow of the Royal Society.


The correspondence principle in quantum mechanics is concerned with the relation between a mechanical system and its quantization. When the mechanical system are relatively orderly ("integrable"), then this relation is well understood. However when the system is chaotic much less is understood. The key features already appear and are well illustrated in the simplest systems which we will review. For chaotic systems defined number-theoretically, much more is understood and the basic problems are connected with central questions in number theory.

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Location:Napier Building, Adelaide University Map
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