Cédric Villani: What's so sexy about math?
Cédric Villani - Mathematician
Cédric Villani tackles perplexing problems in mathematical physics, analysis and geometry with rigor, wit and a signature personal style. Full bio
do better than all the others?
has more mathematicians
with mathematicians' names, too.
of the Fields Medal,
below the age of 40,
Fields medalists per inhabitant
dull and abstract,
and rules to apply.
which invades you
reasoning to solve your problem.
André Weil likened this --
can last for hours, or even days.
permeate our whole physical world.
through mathematical lenses.
right now around you.
around are bumping on you
at each second,
predicted by mathematical physics.
of these particles.
to the mean behavior.
of velocities of particles
of ages of individuals.
important curves ever.
if they had known it.
that supreme goddess than Galton's Board.
will fall down randomly,
at all these random trajectories together.
some traffic jams in there.
is going to play me a trick on stage.
as Dream in "The Sandman" comics.
it could not be any other curve.
the mystery of that goddess,
by a beautiful explanation.
are not only for our pleasure.
of random trajectories
world is made of atoms.
our view of the world.
had been explored,
with an amazing accuracy of two percent.
slower in Cayenne than in Paris.
and clever mathematics,
flattened at the poles,
notice it on the real view of the Earth.
variation of shape.
should take home from this talk,
to go beyond the intuition
which do not fit within our grasp.
you will all relate to:
the mathematical modeling
hidden in the data.
working on a crime case,
who have their version of the facts.
number three as a source.
as the primary source.
to interview him -- priority
number four is a prime witness.
to interview him first,
people who refer to him.
a big bunch of people who will testify?
who testify in a complicated crime case,
pointing to each other,
of mathematical randomness
the most relevant web pages,
in the Galton Board experiment.
through the graph.
chosen at random to the next one.
times each site has been visited
randomly to increase the fun.
correspond to those sites
connected than the others,
we want to first try.
themselves to mathematical analysis,
a more and more useful one,
among hundreds of jobs
Journal in 2009.
monster industrial applications.
money from the math,
the world champions,
and amazing, giant companies,
on good algorithm.
usefulness and wealth,
researcher is an easy one.
in my mathematician's life.
for Advanced Studies in Princeton --
of Albert Einstein
for mathematical research in the world.
and working on an elusive proof,
property of plasmas,
the stability like we are used to.
a plasma equilibrium,
resulting electric shield
in plasma physics,
through mathematical ideas.
of this phenomenon was missing.
and main collaborator Clément Mouhot,
and months on such a proof.
that we could solve it.
of complicated, mathematical arguments,
was driving me crazy.
and experience and tricks,
the kids to school --"
continued to work on it.
or your colleagues,
between the problem and you.
a promotion in reward for your hard work.
analysis of the Landau damping,
never dare to dream,
who made this possible.
not just with your collaborators.
the thrill of mathematical research,
of humans and ideas behind it.
at Institut Henri Poincaré,
of mathematical communication worldwide,
very special museum of mathematics there.
baguette and macaroon,
at Institut Henri Poincaré,
About the speaker:Cédric Villani - Mathematician
Cédric Villani tackles perplexing problems in mathematical physics, analysis and geometry with rigor, wit and a signature personal style.
Why you should listen
His Byronesque hair, colorful ascots and spider brooches have earned Cédric Villani the nickname “the Lady Gaga of Mathematics.” But this moniker has not obscured Villani’s deeper, serious mission: inspiring students to delve into the mysteries of mathematics.
Villani’s fame is based on his work resolving difficult problems of kinetic theory, for which he received the Fields Medal in 2010. His book Birth of a Theorem is an exhilarating journey into the nocturnal dilemmas of mathematicians hot on the trail of discovery.
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