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Linguistics, Poetry and Mathematics

Manjul Bhargava (Princeton University)
Wed, Apr 20 2011, 7:30pm
Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall Stanford CA, 94305
Linguistics, Poetry and Mathematics

Professor Bhargava’s work on composition laws revolutionized algebraic number theory, and earned him the Cole Prize in number theory, the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize, and a Clay Research Award, as well as a full professorship at Princeton at the age of 29—just two years after earning his PhD.  He is fascinated by mathematical patterns that arise in music and language, and in this lecture will explain how the solutions to some ancient poetic problems reveal much about the nature of human thought and the origins of mathematics (including tools used in probability theory and applied in NASA space missions). 

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