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2021 Levi Conant Lecture Series-Amie Wilkinson (University of Chicago) "Dynamical Symmetry"

Friday, October 29, 2021
4:00 pm
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via Zoom

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Levi L. Conant 2021 Lecture Series

Speaker: Amie Wilkinson (University of Chicago)
Title: Dynamical Symmetry

Abstract: In classical mechanics, symmetry occurs for a reason: there is
a conserved quantity such as angular momentum. This is
Noether’s theorem, and it points to a broader theme in
dynamics that symmetry is rare and meaningful. I will discuss,
in the context of modern dynamics, how this theme recurs in
beautiful ways: on the one hand, a typical dynamical system
has the minimum amount of symmetry possible, and on the
other hand, a little extra symmetry implies a lot of symmetry,
a phenomenon known as rigidity.

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Levi Leonard Conant, 1857–1916, was a mathematician and educator who spent most of his career as a faculty member at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; he served
as head of the Mathematics Department and as acting president from 1911 to 1913. An outstanding teacher, and an active scholar, published many articles in scientific journals
and wrote four textbooks. His large bequest to the American Mathematical Society established the Levi L. Conant Prize, awarded annually to recognize the best
expository paper published in either Notices of the AMS or Bulletin of the AMS in the previous five years.