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43rd SLS Public Lecture "The Mysterious Numbers of Professor Hansel" with Fernando Gouvêa
Start Date: 4/5/2018Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 4/5/2018End Time: 8:30 PM
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Event Description:
Running in tandem with the 43rd annual Spring Lecture Series, hosted by the Fulbright Department of Mathematical Sciences, Carter Professor of Mathematics Fernando Gouvêa (Colby College) will present a public lecture on "the Mysterious Numbers of Professor Hansel."


Kurt Hansel didn't really set out to invent a new kind of number. He stumbled onto the p-adric numbers while trying to invent a new way to write down numbers of the unusual kind. Nevertheless, the p-adic numbers that surprised him in the 1900s have turned out to be quite useful, so much so that this year's Spring Lecture Series is all about "p-adic Cohomology." I will ignore the "cohomology" part and instead tell the strory of Kurt Hansel and his discovery. The only thing you need to know to follow along is arithmetic and a willingness to explore strange new (number) worlds.

This year's Spring Lecture Series focuses on "Old and New Themes in p-adic Cohomology." While the public lecture is free to attend, participants must register to attend main talks by Professor Kiran Kedlaya (University of California at San Diego) and others from April 4th through the 8th. Registration is now closed for the event.

Location Information:
Main Campus - (RCED) Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development  (View Map)
Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development
145 N. Buchanan
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States
Phone: 479-575-2856
Room: RCED 120 - Auditorium
Contact Information:
Name: Lance Miller
Phone: 575-3351
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