Alice in Wonderland learns how to compute determinants.

Research Horizons Seminar
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 12:00pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 171
Stavros Garoufalidis – Georgia Tech School of Mathematics –
Craig Sloane
Dodgson (the author of Alice in Wonderland) was an amateur mathematician who wrote a book about determinants in 1866 and gave a copy to the queen. The queen dismissed the book and so did the math community for over a century. The Hodgson Condensation method resurfaced in the 80's as the fastest method to compute determinants (almost always, and almost surely). Interested about Lie groups, and their representations? In crystal bases? In cluster algebras? In alternating sign matrices? OK, how about square ice? Are you nuts? If so, come and listen.