Mathematics and Statistics

University of Calgary

Submitted by jlongwor on Fri, 01/30/2009 - 12:25pm.

Feb 3 2009 - 4:00pm

Feb 3 2009 - 4:50pm

Speaker:

Shawn J. McCann
Location:

MS 431David 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.