School Seminars and Colloquia

Preludes for a Lunchtime Talk in 5 Easy Pieces

Tuesday Seminar

by Norm Frankel

Institution: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, The Univesity of Melbourne
Date: Tue 29th June 2010
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Room 213, Richard Berry Building, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: T.S.Eliot was a unique innovator in poetry and The Waste Land (1922)stands as one of the most original and influential poems of the 20th century.

Eliot was an important literary critic who once observed, "The only way of
expressing emotion in the form of art is by finding an "objective correlation",
in other words, a set of objects, a situation, a chain of events, which shall be
the formula of that particular emotion ....." Like all his works, Preludes (1917) results in just such a specific emotion.

The set of [5] objects for this talk are: [i] the Mobius function, [ii] random walks,[iii] central binomial coefficients, [iv] the Riemann zeta function (of course), [v] ?

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