Nodal Patterns Mysteries
Dr. Peter Kuchment
Texas A & M
Abstract: Nodal patterns of oscillating membranes have been observed since 16th century, starting with Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Robert Hooke, and many others afterwards. The tools for their rigorous study started being developed only in 20th century, with the main effort in the last quarter of the century. The problems, however, turned out very hard and their study has significantly intensified in the current century and attracts more and more attention nowadays.
The talk will survey these developments, with main concentration on the issue of counting the nodal domains. No previous knowledge of the subject is assumed.
Zoom ID: 990 0608 3398 Please request a passcode from Dr. William Bray.