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Join us for a series of talk on Tuesday May 8, 2018 at 12pm. This talk will be given by Professor Wesley Pegden (Carnegie Mellon University, Math department) held at NYU, Center for Data Science, 60 Fifth Ave, Room 150.


“Detecting Gerrymandering with Mathematical Rigor”


In February of this year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found Pennsylvania’s Congressional districting to be an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.  In this talk, I will discuss one of the pieces of evidence which the court used to reach this conclusion.  In particular, I will discuss a theorem which allows us to use randomness to detect gerrymandering of Congressional districtings in a statistically rigorous way.

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Transport and Localization in Random Media: Theory and Applications

This workshop will present recent developments on wave propagation, scattering and diffusion in random medias at the interface of probability theory, mathematical physics and PDEs. Accessible lectures by leading mathematicians will catalyze interactions among both junior and senior researchers in fundamental and applied fields.

May 1 – 3, 2018

Organizers: Ivan Corwin, Alexis Drouot, Hao Shen, Michael I. Weinstein

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**NOTICE: The 4/19 Probability talk by Professor Edward Kaplan (Yale) has been cancelled however it will be rescheduled at a later date, for updates please visit the department calendar. **


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“We will present an elementary problem and a conjecture regarding percolation on planar graphs suggested by assuming quasi invariance of percolation crossing probabilities under coarse conformal uniformization.”

Probability on groups, a bird eye survey and open problems

“I will review the state of the art in percolation on groups and related topics.”

*Minerva Lecture Flyer*

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“Just over 50 years ago the modern era of Set Theory began with Cohen’s discovery of the method of forcing and his proof of the independence of the Continuum Hypothesis from the ZFC axioms of Set Theory. 25 years before Cohen’s discovery of forcing, Gödel discovered the Constructible Universe of Sets and defined the  axiom “V = L” which is the axiom that asserts that every set is constructible.  This axiom implies the Continuum Hypothesis and more importantly,  Cohen’s method of forcing cannot be used in the context of the axiom “V = L”.

However the axiom “V = L” must be rejected since it limits the fundamental nature of infinity. In particular the axiom refutes (most) strong axioms of infinity.

A key question emerges. Is there an “ultimate” version of Gödel’s constructible universe yielding an axiom “V = Ultimate L” which retains the power of the axiom “V = L” for resolving questions like that of the Continuum Hypothesis, which is also immune against Cohen’s method of forcing, and yet which does not refute strong axioms of infinity?

Until recently there seemed to be a number of convincing arguments as to why no such ultimate L can possibly exist. But the situation is now changed.”

*Kolchin Lecture Flyer*

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

Mathematics Hall, Room 520

2990 Broadway at 117th Street

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CONGRATULATIONS to Professor Weinstein!

2018 SIAM’s Martin Kruskal Prize Lecture

Congratulations to Michael Weinstein who was selected as the 2018 Martin Kruskal Prize Lecturer. The prize will be awarded by the SIAM Activity Group on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures (SIAG/NWCS) at their meeting in June 2018.

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**NOTICE: Due to inclement weather, the talk for 3/21 has been postponed to 3/22. **

The spring 2018 Ritt Lectures, by Professor Michael Eichmair, will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 between 2:45 – 3:45pm in Rm 417 and Thursday, March 22, 2018 between 5:30 – 6:30pm in Rm 417. Professor Eichmair (University of Vienna), will deliver a two talk series titled:

“Scalar Curvature & Isoperimetry in the Large”


According to the initial value formulation of general relativity, all that is future and all that is past is contained in a glimpse of a space-time. This correspondence between the physics of the evolving space-time and the geometry of initial data for the Einstein equations is highly non-linear. The works of H. Bray, D. Christodoulou, G. Huisken, R. Schoen, S.-T. Yau, and others suggests isoperimetry (How much area is needed to enclose a given amount of volume in initial data for the space-time?) as a tool for extracting physical information about the space-time from the initial data. I will discuss recent proofs of a number of their conjectures in my two lectures.

This is joint work with S. Brendle, with O. Chodosh, with O. Chodosh, Y. Shi, and H. Yu, and with O. Chodosh, Y. Shi, and J. Zhu.

Tea will be served at 4 pm in 508 Mathematics.

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Berkeley–Columbia Meeting in Engineering & Statistics

The Berkeley-Columbia Meeting provides a biannual, interdisciplinary forum for research in Engineering, Finance, Mathematics and Statistics. The first meeting was held at UC Berkeley in 2016. The second meeting is hosted by Columbia on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, 2018. Registration is not necessary. However, seating is limited—first come, first served.

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“Elliptic Curves, Heegner Points, and Beyond”

Special Seminar

Come join us Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 12 pm in RM 507, Professor Chao Li (Columbia University) will be giving a special lecture about “Elliptic Curves, Heegner Points, and Beyond”.


An elliptic curve is a plane curve defined by a cubic equation. Determining whether such an equation has infinitely many rational solutions has been a central problem in number theory for centuries, which led to the celebrated conjecture of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer. We will start with a history of this problem and then discuss our recent work (with D. Kriz) on certain families of elliptic curves (such as y^2=x^3-d), which in particular proves a conjecture of Goldfeld. Our approach uses Heegner points and their deep connection with L-functions. We will explain these key ingredients and ideas. If time permits, we will also illustrate a framework to go beyond the case of Heegner points and to build a connection with L-functions of more general symplectic motives.

Mathematics Hall, Room 507

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 12 pm

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“The Threshold Theorem for the Hyperbolic Yang-Mills Equation”

Special Seminar

Come join us Monday February 12, 2018 at 12 pm in RM 507, Professor Sung-Jin Oh (KIAS) will be giving a special lecture about “The Threshold Theorem for the Hyperbolic Yang-Mills Equation”.


In this lecture, I will present the recent proof (joint with D. Tataru) of the threshold theorem for the energy critical hyperbolic Yang-Mills equation in (4+1) dimensions. This theorem provides a sharp criterion for global existence and scattering in terms of the energy of the initial data. Moreover, we prove that failure of global existence/scattering is characterized by “bubbling” of a solution to the harmonic Yang-Mills equation.

Our proof lies at the intersection of many recent developments, such as null form estimates and function spaces; parametrix construction via pseudodifferential gauge renormalization; induction on energy; monotonicity formulae arising from the normalized scaling vector field, etc. Also of note is the use of the associated parabolic flow, namely the Yang-Mills heat flow, to construct a high quality global gauge (called the caloric gauge), extending the idea of Tao for the harmonic map heat flow.

Mathematics Hall, Room 507

Monday February 12, 2018 at 12 pm

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