2014 AMS Levi L. Conant Prize Recipient
ON SPHERES AND BOWLS OF INTEGERS
Abstract: Throughout the last 2000 or so years, circle and sphere packings have delighted curious minds from all over the globe, inspired by their fractal beauty and infinite symmetry. We will revisit this fascinating story, meeting along the way such luminaries as the Great Greek Geometer Apollonius, the French philosopher Rene Descartes, the German co-inventor of calculus Gottfried Willheim Leibniz, and even Frederick Soddy, the English radiochemist and Nobel laureate.
Alex Kontorovich received his BA from Princeton in 2002, and his PhD from Columbia in 2007. Before moving to Rutgers in 2014, he taught at Brown, Stony Brook, and Yale, and held visiting positions at Harvard, ETH (Zurich), and IAS (Princeton). His research concerns problems at the intersection of number theory, geometry, and chaotic dynamics. In addition to the AMS Conant Prize, he is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and an NSF CAREER award.