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Date(s) - 26/08/2016
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Indian Statistical Institute


Capture d’écran 2016-08-19 à 15.43.42It is a great pleasure to invite you to the public lecture by Prof. Cedric Villani  at 4 PM on 26th August 2016, to be held in the Platinum Jubilee Auditorium of Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.

Of triangles, gases, prices and men
Abstract: This is the story of the encounter of three a priori unrelated fields: non-Euclidean geometry and the study of curvature; the statistical theory of gases and the famous notion of entropy; and mathematical economics with optimization. The encounter of these three fields occurred about 15 years ago, with remarkable consequences in geometry, among others. Besides the opportunity to evoke a subject of contemporary research in its various facets, it will be an occasion to tell about the way research goes.

About the speaker: Prof. Villani is  a renowned mathematician who received the Fields Medal in the year 2010. At present, he is the director of the Institut Henri Poincaré  in Paris and also a professor at the Université de Lyon. He has made significant contributions to diverse areas of  mathematics and mathematical physics including the kinetic theory (Boltzmann and Vlasov equations and their variants), optimal transport and its applications, Riemannian geometry etc. He has interest and expertise in a wide range of fields e.g. partial differential equations,  smooth and non-smooth `metric’ Riemannian geometry, fluid mechanics,  statistical mechanics, probability theory, functional inequalities with geometric content, just to mention a few.