John Urschel is a junior fellow at Harvard. Previously he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, and prior to that, a PhD student in math at MIT. In 2017, Urschel was named to Forbes’ “30 under 30” list of outstanding young scientists. His research interests include numerical analysis, graph theory, and data science/machine learning.
The Magic of Determinants
Friday June 2, 2023 | 5pm - 6pm
The determinant is one of the first and most fundamental polynomials one encounters in mathematics. Discovered over two centuries ago, far before the notion of a matrix was even formalized, these polynomials remain an important part of modern mathematics. In this lecture, we will talk about all things determinant: history, notable results, and connections to modern problems in many areas of mathematics, including complexity theory, numerical analysis, probability, and others.