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2006 Simons Lectures

May 1 - 10th, 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Akshay Venkatesh

Clay Mathematics Institute
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Lecture 1: A quick history of the arithmetics of quadratic forms, from Gauss to Siegel.
Lecture 2: Quadratic forms via harmonic analysis.
Lecture 3: Quadratic forms via p-adic dynamics.

Yves Couder

Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
Université Paris 6 &7

Lecture 1: The geometry and dynamics of plant growth: phyllotaxis as seen by physicists.
Lecture 2: On hierarchical 2D space dividing patterns; leaf venation, cracks, town planning.
Lecture 3: On the dynamics and self organization of wave-particle association at a macroscopic scale.