Quebec Mathematical Sciences Colloquium

February 19, 2015 from 16:00 to 18:00 (Montreal/Miami time) On location

Irrationality proofs, moduli spaces and dinner parties

Colloquium presented by Francis Brown (IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette)

After introducing an elementary criterion for a real number to be irrational, I will discuss Apery’s famous result proving the irrationality of zeta(3). Then I will give an overview of subsequent results in this field, and finally propose a simple geometric interpretation based on a classical dinner party game.


CRM, UdeM, Pav. André-Aisenstadt, 2920, ch. de la Tour, room 6214