The Della Pietra Lecture Series features Manjul Bhargava, Fields Medalist and number theorist, on Monday, December 9, at the Simons Center Della Pietra Family Auditorium, Room 103. His lecture, “Patterns in Numbers and Nature,” is intended for a general audience and will begin at 5:45 pm, with a reception at 5 pm in the Simons Center Lobby.
In the lecture Bhargava will explore the multitude of beautiful patterns found in the world around us – from tilings on kitchen floors, to petals on daisies and spirals on pinecones, to the emergence of cicadas into the sunlight every 17 years – and how the desire to understand these various enigmatic patterns inspired him to pursue research mathematics, and, in particular, number theory.
Manjul Bhargava is the R. Brandon Fradd Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University and the Stieltjes Professor of Number Theory at Leiden University. Bhargava also holds adjunct professorships at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and the University of Hyderabad. Primarily known for his contributions to number theory, Bhargava was awarded the Fields Medal in 2014 “for developing powerful new methods in the geometry of numbers, which he applied to count rings of small rank and to bound the average rank of elliptic curves.”