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January 29th, 2011, 12:58 PM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: May 2008 From: York, UK Posts: 1,300 Thanks: 0  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? 
January 29th, 2011, 01:31 PM  #2 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2009 From: Northwest Arkansas Posts: 2,766 Thanks: 4  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... 
January 29th, 2011, 04:53 PM  #3 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: Any ideas for a good talk?
In light of the muchhyped FolsomKentOno and BruinierOno papers, how about something on partition numbers?


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