Rice University Department of Mathematics Colloquium

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Thin Groups

4:00 pm Thursday, September 17, 2015
Alex Kontorovich (Rutgers)

Abstract: We will describe a number of different elementary problems in pseudorandom numbers, numerical integration, and homogeneous dynamics which, it turns out, are all the same problem when viewed through the lens of "thin groups". No prior knowledge of these topics is assumed.

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