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Désordre et beauté
by Yvan Saint-Aubin (Montréal)
Yvan Saint-Aubin Friday November 28, 2008
8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Salle Hydro-Québec
pavillon Desjardins
Université Laval (free parking at pavillon Desjardins from 9:30 p.m.)

Appetizers will be served after the conference

Organizer: Claude Levesque cl@mat.ulaval.ca Département de mathématiques et de statistique

One of the goals of mathematics is to find patterns unifying many observations, either of nature or of abstract structures. The mathematician discovering new patterns will often use the word "beauty" to describe the insight gained, since his or her success is very similar to an aesthetic experience. This is particularly striking when the topic under study is disorder. The lecture will present a few cases of mathematical successes at finding patterns where only disorder was to be seen.

Grandes Conférences du CRM

The CRM's "Grandes conférences" series invites scientists with a gift for communicating the most exciting recent developments in mathematics to a curious general public. From cryptography and quantum computing to chaos in meteorological or financial systems, and brain imaging or revolutions in biotechnology, all of the conferences reveal the power and beauty of cutting-edge mathematical research in a language accessible to all.