Mathematics is a subject of great intrinsic power and beauty. It is the universal language of science, and is essential for a clear and complete understanding of virtually all phenomena. Mathematical training prepares a student to express and analyze problems and relationships in a logical manner in a wide variety of disciplines, including the physical, engineering, social, biological, and medical sciences, business, and pure mathematics itself. This is a principal reason for the perpetual need and demand for mathematicians in education, research centers, government, and industry.
A Everitt Pitcher Lecture Series
A lecture series in honor of A Everitt Pitcher is held annually, and is coming up this fall. Pitcher was secretary of the AMS from 1967 until 1988, and served in the mathematics department here at Lehigh from 1938 until 1978, when he retired as distinguished Professor of Mathmatics. He died on December 4, 2006 at the age of 94.
This year, the first speaker will be Kannan Soundararajan. Soundararajan was born and grew up in Madras (now Chennai), India. He was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and received his Ph. D. from Princeton University in 1998 under the supervision of Peter Sarnak. After postdoctoral work at Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study, Soundararajan was on the faculty of the University of Michigan until 2006, when he moved to his current professorship at Stanford. There will be three lectures:
- Monday: 9/11/17 "Primes Fall for the Gambler's Fallacy"
- Tuesday: 9/12/17 "Moments and Distribution of the Riemann Zeta-function and L-functions"
- Thursday: 9/14/17 "Recent Progress in Multiplicative Number Theory