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The secrets of Pi (and other transcendental numbers) with Frank Calegari

Join esteemed algebraic number theorist Professor Frank Calegari on his 2022 Mahler Lecture Tour for a public talk on the secrets of Pi, hosted by SMRI.

Wednesday 23 November 2022, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm AEDT The University of Sydney Nano Institute (Camperdown Campus)

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Throughout the centuries, Pi has come up again and again in mathematics in many completely different contexts — as the special value of various integrals, the solution to questions in probability, and many more places.

In this talk, Professor Calegari will explore a conjecture, formalised by Grothendieck, which explains how seemingly different occurrences of Pi (as well as many other interesting mathematical constants) should all be related. These numbers are linked to some the biggest open problems in algebra and number theory.

This talk will be accessible to anyone with an interest in mathematics. Senior high school students are encouraged to attend and see integrals outside the classroom!

About the speaker: Born in Melbourne, Frank Calegari attended Melbourne University as an undergraduate and completed his graduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. He joined the Faculty of Northwestern University in 2006 and has since been a Fellow of the American Mathematical Institute and a von Neumann Fellow of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study. Frank has been a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago since 2015. His numerous awards include a Sloan Fellowship (2009) and in 2013 he become a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

Frank’s other interests include coffee, cooking, cricket, and classical piano, and he has even performed live with Zubin Mehta and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.

About the Mahler Lecture Tour: The Mahler lectures are a biennial activity organised by the Australian Mathematical Society, and supported by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute. The tour invites a prominent international mathematician to travel to Australian universities to deliver lectures at a variety of levels, including several public lectures.

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