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January 29th, 2011, 12:58 PM   #1
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Any ideas for a good talk?

So, folks, I'm going to give a little talk - about an hour in length - to my fellow Ph.D. students in a couple of weeks. The subject of the talk can be anything related to mathematics, so long as:

- it's not on my research;
- the mathematics is accessible to students whose areas of expertise range across a fairly wide area in maths, but in depth enough to interest those who already know a little about the subject of the talk.

As an example, in the previous talk a colleague of mine gave a very good talk on the proof of Poincaré's conjecture by Grigori Perelmann.

Anyway, I'm a bit stuck for ideas - I wondered about doing a little about Gödel's (first) incompleteless theorem, but I'm open to other ideas! The graduate seminar series has only just started up after a rather hefty absence, so there are very few (if any) areas on which people will have definitely heard a talk before. My particular area of what - without a better term - I shall call expertise is mathematical physics, in particular QFT in curved spacetime, but I am quite happy to research and present a talk on anything...

so, does anyone have any suggestions?
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January 29th, 2011, 01:31 PM   #2
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Re: Any ideas for a good talk?

Aperiodic tilings are fascinating to me. The other/original Chaz helped me research a few of Ammann's sets.
This is definitely not your area of expertise, but might prove challenging to find something thy interests the experts in tilings...
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In light of the much-hyped Folsom-Kent-Ono and Bruinier-Ono papers, how about something on partition numbers?
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