Chelluri Lecture Series
The Chelluri Lecture series is offered in memory of Thyagaraju (Raju) Chelluri, who graduated magna cum laude from Cornell with a Bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1999. Raju was a brilliant student, a gifted scholar, and a wonderful human being who died on August 21, 2004 at the age of 26, shortly after completing all requirements for the Ph.D. in Mathematics at Rutgers University. He wrote a thesis called Equidistribution of the Roots of Quadratic Congruences under the supervision of H. Iwaniec and was awarded a Ph.D. posthumously.
The Chelluri Lecture Endowment was established in 2004 with support from family and friends of Thyagaraju (Raju) Chelluri. Each year, a distinguished mathematician will be invited to give the Chelluri Lecture.
Mike Hopkins, Harvard University
April 26, 2018
251 Malott Hall.
Abstract: The subject of homotopy theory has its origins in the problem of finding a meaningful way to count the number of solutions of a system of n equations in n unknowns. Over the 100 or so years since it has gone on to play many different roles in mathematics, resulting in an explosion of applications in recent years. This talk will describe the history and development of the subject and the many ways it has been used in mathematics.
Following the lecture, a musical performance and reception will be held at A. D. White House.
If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Heather Peterson.
Previous Lectures in the Series
- Daniel Wise, McGill University:
The Cubical Route to Understanding Groups (2017)
- Andrea Bertozzi, UCLA:
Mathematics of Crime (2016)
- Daniel Rockmore, Dartmouth College:
Reading, Writing, and 'Rithmetic: Two tales of mathematical and evolutionary explorations of text (2015)
- Laura DeMarco, University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University:
Numerical Patterns and Chaos (2014)
- Peter Sarnak, Princeton University:
The Matrix Groups and Diophantine Analysis (2013)
- Akshay Venkatesh, Stanford University:
From Continued Fractions to Modular Forms (2012)
- Persi Diaconis, Stanford University:
The Search for Randomness (2011)
- Joe Gallian, University of Minnesota:
Using Mathematics to Create Symmetry Patterns (2010)
- Saul Teukolsky, Cornell University:
Einstein's Equations, Black Holes, and Gravitational Waves (2009)
- Allan Greenleaf, University of Rochester:
Cloaking Devices, Electromagnetic Wormholes, and Transformation Optics (2008)
- Kenneth Ribet, University of California at Berkeley:
Recent Progress on Serre's Conjecture (2007)
- Dan Goldston, San Jose State University:
Are There Infinitely Many Twin Primes? (2006)