# From Fractalization to Fundamental Physics: The 2024 Brauer Lectures

The Department is thrilled to have had Professor Peter J. Olver from the University of Minnesota give our 2024 Brauer Lectures, held from February 27th to 29th. These lectures serve as a tribute to the esteemed legacy of Alfred T. Brauer, whose profound influence within our department encompassed the years 1944 to 1966 following his courageous escape from Nazi Germany. More information about Professor Brauer and the lecture series can be found at the Brauer Lectures Website.

During the event, Professor Olver delivered a series of three lectures, delving into diverse topics ranging from the dynamics of periodic dispersive systems exhibiting fractal behavior at irrational times, to the mathematical intricacies of reassembling fragmented objects. In addition, he discussed recent developments related to Noether’s theorem, shedding light on the pivotal role of invariant variational problems in the contemporary formulation of fundamental physics.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Professor Greg Forest for his organization of this enlightening lecture series.