Peter Laux will speak at Center for Mathematics colloquium tonight

Peter Lax will speak at Center for Applied Mathematics colloquium

Peter D. Lax from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University will deliver the first talk in the 2006-2007 Center for Applied Mathematics (CAM) Colloquium series. His talk on mathematics and physics is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in 3M Auditorium, Owens Science Hall.  The talk is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served at 7:15 p.m.

Peter D. Lax

Lax, one of the world's most renowned mathematicians, has made significant contributions in areas such as partial differential equations, numerical analysis and functional analysis. He was awarded a National Medal of Science in 1986, the Wolf Prize in 1987, and the prestigious Abel Prize for 2005.  He has been invited by the American Mathematical Society to deliver the 2007 Josiah Willard Gibbs Lecture at the joint mathematical meetings this January in New Orleans.

Professor Lax was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1926 and moved to the United States in 1941.  He earned both his bachelor’s degree (1947) and his Ph.D. (1949) from New York University.  He is visiting the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (Ordway Visitor) at the University of Minnesota.

In his talk, he will describe instances in which mathematics came to the help of physics and instances when physics supplied mathematics with new problems and new ideas.

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