Web page for David Vogan
My office is Room E17-442, at MIT.
E-mail: dav at math.mit.edu
Acknowledgements I have followed the department's instructions
for creating a home page, and copied the home page of Richard Melrose. I regret the
inevitable errors that this process must have introduced.
Pictures With ever-growing admiration and constant
affection, here are a few pictures of Fokko du
Like everyone in the world, I play a small part in a YouTube video.
Since the video is less than fifteen minutes long, I look forward to more
fame in the future.
There is a small collection of family
pictures; separately you can look at Venice, where Lois and I celebrated our 30th
anniversary, (or with small pictures.)
Lois and Allison's trip to see Jonathan in
Brazil, a collection of math-related
pictures, and (at the instigation of Tony Chiang) a collection of
studio portraits of me. There are also pictures
from my trip to China in July and August of
2004; these are also available as small
(18.02A). (This link does not yet work.)Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-12:00, and Friday 2:00-3:00, Room E17-129. (Ends March 21.)
Older course sites.
(18.02A).Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-12:00, and Friday
2:00-3:00, Room 2-151. (Ends March 22.)
Lie Groups Seminar meets Wednesdays at 4:00 (note change of time) in E17-139 in the fall.
Some of my papers, (including slides from an introduction to the orbit
method at given at Bert Kostant's birthday conference in May, 2008), and my
vita as a pdf file.
Jeff Adams is leading an effort to bring the clarity and
reliability of hardware documentation to unitary representation
theory. The working title of the project is The Atlas of Lie Groups and
Representations and you can find a (constantly growing) collection
of interesting mathematics there.
Genealogy Project. This is a database of mathematics thesis
advisors and their students. Find out who your mathematical second
cousins are, and whether you would go to Thanksgiving dinner with
The AMS electronic journal Representation
- Home page of group representer Brian Boe. He has a
collection of links to other representation theory people, and to some of their
papers on the arXiv.
- Johan de Jong
has instituted a system for numerically evaluating mathematicians. I
am happy to participate in this noble endeavor.
The AMSRefs version of my file of
references. These are the papers that
appeared in bibliographies of papers written since I started using a
computer. Slightly (that is, eight years) less up-to-date is
AMSTeX version of the file.
Along these lines, you can visit
references, which are for automorphic forms, L-functions, and
There is a wonderful site at the University of St. Andrews for mathematical
history, including biographies of more than a thousand
Here is a list of errata for Lectures on the Orbit Method,, by
A.A. Kirillov (Graduate Studies in Mathematics, Volume 64, American
Mathematical Society, 2004), available as a dvi
file, a postscript file, or a pdf file. This is the version of November 18,
2005; I will make updates if people are kind enough to send
corrections. There is also a draft of a
review of the book.
Characters of E8 Here are the slides for a version of the lecture "The character table of E8," in the version delivered at WPI on September 15, 2011. There was an article published in the
AMS Notices of October 2007, describing the mathematical problem and
its history more completely. The historical aspects of this article
(contained in a sentence or two on page 1128) were inaccurate. You
can find here a revision that tries
You can also look at the AIM web
site on the subject for a non-technical introduction. A detailed
discussion of the software difficulties attached to the size of the
calculation is in Marc van Leeuwen's
lecture. The best picture is a two-dimensional projection of the root system of
E8, made by John Stembridge from a
drawing by Peter McMullen.
There is a web page for
mathematicians who don't want to learn about this subject, written
Fearless Project Leader Jeff Adams. If you do want to learn about the subject,
visit the Atlas of Lie Groups and
Richard Duffy has kindly (to me; YMMV)
provided an mp3 audio file for the E8
lecture. Michael Breen edited out some of the "ums," but didn't
completely succeed in making me sound like Laurence Olivier.
For an extremely nontechnical account, go to
web page for the thriller The Wheel of Darkness, by
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Click on
"look inside," and search for "E8".
A list of my current PhD students
I was a student of Bertram Kostant, finishing in 1976.
A list of my graduated students (there's no such category as "former"
Eric Marberg (emarberg at math.mit.edu)
Peter Speh (pspeh at math.mit.edu)
Ben Harris (blharris at lsu.edu)
Tonghoon Suk (tonghoon.suk at gmail.com)
Jerin Gu (zerin at mit.edu)
Miki Havlickova (marketa.havlickova at yale.edu)
Chuying Fang (macyfang at ust.hk)
Christopher Malon (malon at mit.edu)
(alessandra.pantano at gmail.com)
Wai Ling Yee (wlyee at math.uwindsor.ca)
(wtkuo at math.uwaterloo.ca)
Dana Pascovici (dana.pascovici at gmail.com)
Adam Lucas (alucas at clausius.ucsf.edu)
Diko Mihov (mihov at deshaw.com)
Eugenio Garnica (garnica at servidor.unam.mx)
(wag at math.uga.edu)
Hisayosi Matumoto (hisayosi at ms.u-tokyo.ac.jp)
William McGovern (mcgovern at math.washington.edu)
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