University of Calgary

Hilbert and his accomplishments

Submitted by jlongwor on Fri, 01/30/2009 - 12:25pm.
Feb 3 2009 - 4:00pm
Feb 3 2009 - 4:50pm
Shawn J. McCann
MS 431
David Hilbert was, perhaps, the most influential and universal mathematicians of the 19th and early 20th centuries. His millenium address (in 1900 of course) and list of 23 unsolved (at the time!) problems sparks mathematical excitement even today. In this seminar, we will journey through the life of this notable mathematician while marking some of his major accomplishments. Particularly, we shall discuss his achievements in Algebraic Geometry, Physics, Functional Analysis, and modern Logic. We will give the most attention to the concept of Hilbert Spaces, which is the cornerstone of Functional Analysis and the primary infrastructure required for quantum mechanics and general relativity.