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# Mathematics

Seminar Calendar
for Mathematics Colloquium -- SPECIAL LECTURE events the year of Monday, February 11, 2019.

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Questions regarding events or the calendar should be directed to Tori Corkery.
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Friday, February 15, 2019

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Friday, February 15, 2019

#### Harry Potter's Cloak Via Transformation Optics

###### Gunther Uhlmann (University of Washington)

Abstract: Can we make objects invisible? This has been a subject of human fascination for millennia in Greek mythology, movies, science fiction, etc. including the legend of Perseus versus Medusa and the more recent Star Trek and Harry Potter. In the last fifteen years or so there have been several scientific proposals to achieve invisibility. We will introduce in a non-technical fashion one of them, the so-called "transformation optics" which has received a lot of attention in the scientific community.

Monday, February 18, 2019

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Monday, February 18, 2019

#### Cohomology of Shimura Varieties

###### Sug Woo Shin (University of California Berkeley)

Abstract: Shimura varieties are a certain class of algebraic varieties over number fields with lots of symmetries, introduced by Shimura and Deligne nearly half a century ago. They have been playing a central role in number theory and other areas. Langlands proposed a program to compute the L-functions and cohomology of Shimura varieites in 1970s; this was refined by Langlands-Rapoport and Kottwitz in 1980s. I will review some old and recent results in this direction.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, February 20, 2019

#### Some necessary uses of logic in mathematics

###### Ilijas Farah (York University)

Abstract: Every now and then, a difficult mathematical problem turns out to be difficult for a particularly objective reason: Provably, it cannot be solved by using 'conventional' means. Some classical examples are proving the Continuum Hypothesis, trisecting an angle, and solving the quintic equation. I’ll discuss more recent examples of such problems, giving some emphasis to the problems arising from the study of operator algebras.