On coin tosses, atoms, and forest fires

Speaker: 
Martin Hairer
Date: 
Fri, Jun 16, 2017
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS UBC Distinguished Colloquium
Abstract: 
Fields Medal winner, Martin Hairer will survey some of the mathematical objects arising naturally in probability theory, as well as some of their surprising properties. In particular, he will demonstrate how one of these objects was involved in the confirmation of the existence of atoms over 100 years ago and how new properties of related objects are still being discovered today.