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Research

Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


 

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Events for 15 January 2018

'Hell, Heaven and Hope. A journey through life and the afterlife with Dante', Exhibition curated by Dr Annalisa Cipollone

9:00am to 11:55pm, Palace Green Library, Durham University

Contact annalisa.cipollone@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


IAS Fellows' Seminar - Emergence and Pathology of Concepts: Learning from “the man behind the curtain”

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Professor Thomas Vogt (University of South Carolina)

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


John Aldrich: “I didn’t want to be a statistician”—the Second World War as nursery for mathematical statisticians

2:00pm, CM221

The development of mathematical statistics in Britain was interrupted by the First World War and advanced by the Second. That advance was less a matter of intellectual breakthroughs than of education broadly interpreted with the supply of mathematical statisticians increasing to match a perceived demand. I examine the instruments of transformation: at the national level, the mobilisation of scientific manpower, and at the local level, activities within universities and government departments. Of special interest is the supply chain of graduates from Cambridge to the Ministry of Supply’s Advisory Service on Quality Control (SR 17) which produced such post-war leaders as Peter Armitage, George Barnard, Dennis Lindley and Robin Plackett.

Contact sunil.chhita@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Michele Zordan : Zeta functions of representations

4:00pm, CM221

Zeta functions of representations enumerate irreducible representations of a group. Asymptotic properties the number of irreducible representations have an interpretation in terms of analytic properties of the representation zeta function: for instance, the abscissa of convergence determines the rate of growth of the numbers of irreducible representations as their dimension grows.
This talk is a survey of some recent results regarding zeta functions of representations. There will be an introduction to the basic concepts which will also be complemented by examples.

Contact anna.felikson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.