IAS Workshop on Symplectic Dynamics 2: Tuesday
IAS School of Mathematics
Workshop web page Tuesday: 2012-03-13 9:00 - 10:00 Laszlo Szekelyhidi, University of Leipzig, “The h-principle for the Euler equations” abstract 10:15 - 11:15 Camilo de Lellis, University of Zurich, “The h-principle for the Euler equations Part 2” abstract 11:30 - 12:30 Vladimir Sverak, University of Minnesota, “On the long-time dynamics of some infinite-dimensional Hamiltonian systems” abstract 2:30 - 3:30 Antoine Choffrut, University of Leipzig, “On the local structure of the set of stationary flows to the 2D incompressible Euler equations” abstract 4:30 - 5:30 Thomas Kappeler, University of Zurich, “Symplectic techniques for integrable PDEs” abstract Laszlo Szekelyhidi: The h-principle for the Euler equations (chalk talk; joint work w.
Academic Trendiness at AAAS
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is gathering for their Annual Meeting for 2012. One way to measure academic trendiness is to look at search frequencies of keywords using the search tool for the AAAS conference.
“Basic Research” shows up 18 times; “Applied Research” shows up 93 times.
“Africa” appears as frequently as “mathematics” and both appear less frequently than “warming” and “online”.
“NSERC” appears as frequently as “Wellcome” and nearly 10 times less frequently than “NSF”.
Web Course Platform Prototyped by Toronto Matheamtician
Suppose you’ve recorded a one hour lecture onto video and taken digital photographs of each blackboard used during the presentation. The video and photograph files contain metadata with time stamps: we know the time when each frame of video and photograph was captured. How should these files be blended to create a browser-based environment for studying the ideas in the lecture? My colleague Dror Bar-Natan has prototyped a remarkable software platform combining this data to support online courses and seminars.
(Guest Post) Neil Turok Responds to Posts on Perimeter Institute
Thank you for this opportunity to respond to your recent blog posting on Perimeter Institute and offer some clarifications. First, the comparisons of support for different institutions and programs presented in this posting mix total funding over time (including endowment contributions) with annual budgets and ignore substantial differences between their operations. For example, Perimeter Institute currently houses over 140 full-time trainees and researchers (from Masters students to senior faculty) whereas to my knowledge the Fields Institute has none.
The Lucky Few of Waterloo Part 2: Perimeter Institute Buys Culture
Efforts to understand the foundational issues of theoretical physics have been made by scientists over millennia. Human beings are naturally curious: we want to deeply understand nature.
With pioneering insights by Aristarchus and Archimedes, Copernicus and Kepler and, more recently, Dirac and Feynman, humans have made spectacular advances. The benefits of basic research investigations cascade into fundamental improvements for humans living on earth. Visionary investors, like the Duke of Braunschweig Charles William Ferdinand in the eighteenth century and Mike Lazaridis of today, have recognized the virtues of investing in basic research.
Fingertip Search Using University Library Resources
UTORvpn Members of the University of Toronto have access to a fantastic library. There are great resources like the Oxford English Dictionary, MathSciNet and Web of Knowledge and a whole lot more. To access these resources while away from campus, members of the UofT community can use the virtual private network service UTORvpn. That site tells you how to install the VPN service on your computer. When you turn on the VPN, your computer can access restricted library resources even though it is not located on the University network.
2011 Winter CMS Meeting Notes
This past weekend, I attended the 2011 Winter meeting of the Canadian Mathematical Society. I have posted below some (often rough) notes on the talks that I attended. Robert McCann (joint work with J. Denzler and H. Koch)
ROBERT MCCANN, University of Toronto Higher-order asymptotics of fast diffusion in Euclidean space: a dynamical systems approach.
With Denzler and Koch, we quantify the speed of convergence and higher-order asymptotics of fast diffusion dynamics on Rn to the Barenblatt (self similar) solution.
2011 Winter CMS Town Hall Notes
The 2011 Winter CMS Meeting took place this past weekend. On Sunday (2011-12-11), there was a CMS Town Hall meeting. The discussion was led by a panel consisting of Long Range Plan Committee Chair Nancy Reid, CMS President Jacques Hurtubise, and CMS Director Johan Rudnick (who was partially obscured by a poinsetta). Attendees to the town hall meeting were fed a free lunch. Long Range Plan Update Nancy gave a status update on the long range plan.
Unpredictable Societal Benefits of Basic Research Illustrated
The American Association of Universities has a trove of documents illustrating the societal benefits of basic research. A wide portfolio of scientific investments selected strategically via peer review by scientists produces unexpected benefits. Here are some examples, courtesy of the AAU:
Innovation and the Disrespect of Scientific Invention
“Innovation is the creation of better or more effective products, processes, technologies, or ideas that are accepted by markets, governments, and society. Innovation differs from invention in that innovation refers to the use of a new idea or method, whereas invention refers more directly to the creation of the idea or method itself.”
Dean Roger Martin of the Rotman School of Business, an iThinker pondering Canada’s innovation gap, writes in a recent op-ed piece that “The first lesson is that commercial success and impact is more about innovation than about invention.