Brown University School of Engineering

Poincaré Symposium

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Thursday, December 13, 2012 9:00am - Friday, December 14, 2012 4:30pm

The symposium is to mark the 100th anniversary of Poincaré's death (Nancy, April 29, 1854 - Paris, July 17, 1912, France). Poincaré was a polymath and is often referred to as the "last universalist" since he was involved in the entire spectrum of mathematics as it existed at the end of the 19th century and the begining of the 20th century. Not only did he contribute to numerous, and initiated new, branches of mathematics, but he also made significant contributions to important areas of physics, and created his own philosophy of sciences and scientific thinking. The purpose of the symposium is to cover some key areas of mathematics and physics that were influenced by Poincaré's work. The main speakers and the areas to which their talks belong are: Jeff Brock (Brown): Geometry/Topology and Summary of Poincaré's Contributions Mihalis Dafermos (Cambridge, UK): Relativity (Special and General) Phil Davis (Brown): Philosophical Contributions of Poincaré Antal Jevicki (Brown): Poincaré Group and Symmetries in Quantum Field Theory Bruce Kleiner (Courant/NYU): Topology/Geometry of 3-Manifolds Robert MacPherson (IAS, Princeton): Topology Richard Montgomery (UC at Santa Cruz): N-Body Problems and Chaotic Behavior Enrique Pujals (IMPA, Brazil): Dynamical Systems