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Hamilton Day Lecture 2017: 'Random mountains and random distances'

02 August 2017

To celebrate William Rowan Hamilton’s birthday we are announcing details of the 2017 Hamilton lecture

Hamilton Day

Every year we honour the groundbreaking discovery made by Hamilton by bringing an internationally renowned mathematician to Dublin. With the support of the Irish Times and Arup this year, the Fields Medallist, Professor Wendelin Werner will give the annual Hamilton lecture on Monday 16 October.

Hamilton Lecture

The lecture entitled, ‘Random mountains and random distances’ will describe in simple picturesque terms aspects of recent and ongoing work that deal with the understanding of random continuous structures or functions. What is the most natural model of random mountains? And do they have surprising properties? Can these random mountains be used to construct random ways to define distances in the plane? What are the properties of these distances? Why are these questions related to questions arising in physics?

The 2017 Hamilton lecture will take place on 16 October in the Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin.

Booking for the lecture is essential.

To learn more about Wendelin Werner please click here

To learn more about Hamilton and his famous 1843 discovery please click here

Read the DIB entry on Sir William Rowan Hamilton by David Spearman, MRIA

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