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Marden Lecture 2018: Vaughan Jones

March 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The 29th Annual Marden Lecture on Mathematics presents:

Why Quantum Theory Chooses Von Neumann Algebras

Vaughan Jones
Vanderbilt University
Stevenson Distinguished Professor
Fields Medal Recipient

“We will assume no knowledge of von Neumann algebras, which will be introduced as von Neumann himself might have.
Starting from the basic notions of quantum theory such as wave function, superposition and measurement we will be led directly to what is now known as a von Neumann algebra.  After a quick tour of the beautiful structure of these algebras I will present some of the major successes of the von Neumann algebraic approach to quantum  theory in low dimensions including some unlikely but stunning relations with knot theory”.

Sponsored by the Miriam and Morris Marden Fund, the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and the College of Letters & Science. For more information, contact math-staff@uwm.edu or (414) 229-4836.

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March 13
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Lubar Hall, Room N140
3202 N Maryland Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States
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(414) 229-4836