Rado Lecture - Vaughan Jones

August 21, 2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Hitchcock Hall 031
Vaughan Jones

Title: Lecture 1: Some consequences of von Neumann dimension

SpeakerVaughan Jones (Vanderbilt University)

Abstract: In the 1930’s Murray and von Neumann gave a notion of continuous dimensionality for certain vector spaces (whose ordinary dimension is of course infinite) using what are now called von Neumann algebras. After defining this notion of dimension we will describe some results, in areas that are a priori quite different from von Neumann algebras, which are simple consequences of von Neumann dimension but have no known proof otherwise. Our main interest will be in the area of analytic number theory, in particular the study of cusp forms (which we will of course define!).

Upcoming Lectures

Lecture 2: Some unitary representations of R. Thompson's groups.
Lecture 3: On the continuum limit of a quantum spin chain (??)

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