# IMS Special lectures - Barry Simon - February 26 and 28, 2018

#### Event start date: Monday, February 26, 2018

The UVa Department of Mathematics & The Institute of Mathematical Sciences present Special Lectures by **Barry Simon (California Institute of Technology)** entitled

##### Tales of Our Forefathers

### 1. Tales of Our Forefathers

**February 26, 2018**

**3:30-5:00 pm, Minor 125**

This is not a mathematics talk but it is a talk for mathematicians. Too often, we think of historical mathematicians as only names assigned to theorems. With vignettes and anecdotes, I’ll convince you they were also human beings and that, as the Chinese say, “May you live in interesting times” really is a curse.

### 2. More Tales of Our Forefathers

**2:30-3:30 pm, Maury 209**

**Tea: 3:30-4:30 Kerchof Hall 314**

**4:30-5:30 pm, Maury 209**

This is not a mathematics talk but it is a talk for mathematicians. Too often, we think of historical mathematicians as only names assigned to theorems. With vignettes and anecdotes, I’ll convince you they were also human beings and that, as the Chinese say, ‘May you live in interesting times’ really is a curse. It is not assumed that listeners heard my earlier talk. Amongst the mathematicians that I’ll discuss are Riemann, Newton, Krein and Noether”.

**Date published:** Saturday, February 10, 2018