From Coffee to Mathematics: Making Connections and Finding Unexpected Links

Stelson Lecture Series
Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 4:30pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Howey-Physics L3
Hugo Duminil-Copin – Université de Genève and IHES Université Paris-Saclay
Cheng Mao

The game of HEX has deep mathematical underpinnings despite its simple rules.  What could this game possibly have to do with coffee?!  And how does that connection, once identified, lead to consideration of ferromagnetism and even to the melting polar ice caps?  Join Hugo Duminil-Copin, Professor of Mathematics at IHES and the University of Geneva, for an exploration of the way in which mathematical thinking can help us make some truly surprising connections.