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Agenda and announcements
Honorary doctorate for Professor Murre
At October 2, 2002, Prof.dr. J.P. Murre received an honorary doctorate from the university of Turin. At this occasion also three other mathematicians
were awarded an honorary doctorate: H.C. Clemens (Ohio State University),
V.A. Iskovskikh (Steklov Mathematical Institute, Moscow) and S. Mori
(RIMS Kyoto University; winner of the Fields Medal in 1990).
The presentation of the honorary doctorates was part of a commemoration
of the well-known Italian algebraic geometer
Gino Fano (1871-1952),
who worked at the university of Turin.
From September 29-October 5, there was a "Fano conference", with about
50 participants, at which the advances resulting from Fano's work
Lectures about "Escher and the Droste effect"
||November 6|| ||Studium Generale, Leiden
|Bart de Smit||November 12||
||General Colloquium Mathematics and Computer Science, Groningen
|Bart de Smit||November 21||
||Ann Arbor, Michigan
|Chris Zaal||November 23||
||Ars et Mathesis dag, Baarn
|Joost Batenburg||November 29||
||Open dag Mathematisch Instituut, Leiden
|Hendrik Lenstra||December 4||
||General Colloquium/Seminar on Recreational Mathematics, Leiden
Tenth anniversary of the Stieltjes Institute
On November 15, there will be a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the
Time: November 15, 1:30-6:00 pm
Koninklijk Instituut Van Ingenieurs (KIVI),
Prinsessegracht 23, Den Haag (close to railway station Den Haag Centraal)
Program (in Dutch): see
November 14, 4:00-5:00 pm, room 174
Prof. T. Hill (Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA):
The Significant-digit Phenomenon, or Benford's Law.
December 4, 4:00-5:00 pm, Gorlaeus complex, lecture hall C1:
Prof. H.W. Lenstra (Universiteit Leiden, University of Berkeley):
Escher and the Droste effect
(In cooperation with the Seminar on Recreational Mathematics organized by Chris Zaal)
December 12, 4:00-5:00 pm, room 174:
Dr. A.J. Lenstra (Universiteit van Amsterdam, EURANDOM):
Kloosterman lecture by Professor Donoho
November 21, 4:00-5:00 pm, room 174
Prof. D.L. Donoho (Stanford University, California, USA):
Beyond wavelets: Emerging Applications of Geometric Multiscale Analysis
In 2002, the Kloosterman chair is occupied by Prof.dr. D.L. Donoho from the
Prof. Donoho works in the field of Mathematical statistics and its applications
to biomedical sciences. On Thursday November 21, Prof. Donoho will give
his Kloosterman lecture, which is meant for a general mathematical audience.
After the lecture there will be a reception.
Everybody is cordially invited to the lecture and the reception.
The lecture will be in room 174, and the reception in room 176.
Lecture by Professor Palencina
Prof. C. Palencina (Universidad de Valladolid):
A differentiable, non-holomorphic calculus for symmetric
operators under a Gaussian estimate
- Working visits/visits to conferences:
- J.-H. Evertse will visit the university of Paris VI
from November 28-29 to give a lecture and to participate in a thesis
- L. Ferracina and M.N. Spijker will attend the Workshop "Innovative Time
Integrators for PDEs" from November 25-27, at the Center for Mathematics and Computer
Science (CWI), Amsterdam.
- Technical reports:
||N. Popov and F.M. Spieksma:
Non-existence of a stochastic fluid limit for a cycling random walk
||A. Hordijk, N. Popov and F.M. Spieksma:
Discrete scattering and simple non-simple face-homogeneous random walks