School Seminars and Colloquia

On Heat

Department Seminar

by Professor Michael Cowling


Institution: Head, School of Mathematics, University of New South Wales, Australia
Date: Tue 16th May 2006
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: South Theatre, Architecture, Rm 103 (take stairs to the first floor), University of Melbourne

Abstract: The diffusion of heat is an intuitively easy phenomenon to understand, and allows us to use physical intuition in tackling mathematics problems.

This talk is a guided tour of various places where heat diffusion plays an interesting mathematical role. We start with the uncertainty principle of quantum mechanics, and move through a result on operators on $L^2$ spaces to a heat-theoretic formulation of the Selberg conjecture in number theory and a result on automorphic representations.

For More Information: There will be a morning tea in the Staff Tea Room between 11:00 and 12:00.