Rick Schoen, Stanford University. Richard Schoen is a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. Upon completing his Ph.D. at Stanford under the direction of Professors S.T. Yau and Leon Simon in 1977, Prof. Schoen spent time at UC Berkeley, NYU, the Institute for Advanced Study and UCSD before returning to Stanford as a Professor in 1987. He has received many prizes throughout his career, just some of which include a MacArther Fellowship (1983), a Sloan Fellowship (1979), the Guggenheim Fellowship (1996), the Bocher Prize (1989), election to the Natioinal Academy of Sciences (1991) and multiple invitations to speak at the International Congress of Mathematicians (1983,1986). He is known for resolving both the Yamabe problem on compact manifolds and the positive mass theorem in General Relativity and is regarded as an expert in the area of differential geometry. See for instance his book "Lectures on differential geometry" with S.T. Yau from 1994, "Conformal deformation of a Riemannian metric to constant scalar curvature" from 1984, "On the proof of the positive mass conjecture in general relativity" with S.T. Yau from 1979 and more recently "Manifolds with 1/4-pinched curvature are space forms" with Simon Brendle from 2009.
Mar 07, 2013
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
|Where||Phillips Hall 332|
|Contact Name||Jeremy Marzuola|
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Tea will be in Phillips Hall 330.
Title: Minimal submanifolds in differential geometry
Abstract: The theory of minimal surfaces arose historically from work of J. L. Lagrange and physical observations of J. Plateau almost 200 years ago. Rigorous mathematical theory was developed in the 20th century. In more recent times the theory has found important applications to diverse areas of geometry and relativity. In this talk, which is aimed at a general mathematical audience, we will introduce the subject and describe a few recent applications of the theory.