Evening devoted to the mathematics Abel Prize: on the work of the mathematicians Furstenberg and Margulis

28 January 2021 from 19:00 to 20:30 hrs
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In 2020, Hillel Furstenberg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Gregory Margulis (Yale University) won the Abel Prize. They received the prize, which is seen as the Nobel Prize of mathematics, for 'pioneering the use of methods from probability and dynamics in group theory, number theory and combinatorics’, according to the members of the Abel prize jury.

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The webinar will highlight the work of Furstenberg and Margulis. The Abel Prize has been awarded annually to great mathematicians since 2003.


  • Charlene Kalle, Lecturer in Probability, Leiden University - What is ergodic theory?

    Ergodic theory as a discipline has made important breakthroughs in the last fifty years. We will briefly deal with the origins of the discipline and see a few simple applications.

  • Benjamin Weiss, Professor of Mathematics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem – On the work of Hillel Furstenberg

    Hillel Furstenberg's work has uncovered an unexpected deep connection between seemingly unrelated subjects. In this lecture, his first discovery will be discussed: how topological ideas can be used to prove the infinity of prime numbers.

  • Manfred Einsiedler, Professor of Mathematics, ETH Zurich - On the work of Gregory Margulis: Dynamics and Number theory

    We outline in two examples how masterfully Margulis combined two seemingly unrelated mathematical subjects: dynamical systems and number theory. In our short discussion we will focus on the non-divergence theorem and the Oppenheim conjecture, both of which have become cornerstones of the theory.

The webinar will be moderated by Frank Redig, Professor of Probability, Delft University of Technology, Frank den Hollander, Professor of Probability theory and statistics, and Evgeny Verbitskiy, Professor of Mathematics, Groningen University, Associate Professor of Probability, Leiden University.

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This webinar will be in English.