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

Subject: Mathematics, Probability

Class: Scientific


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.