Random permutations and statistical mechanics

Mathematical Conversations
Topic:Random permutations and statistical mechanics
Speaker:Thomas Spencer
Affiliation:Professor, School of Mathematics
Date:Wednesday, February 15
Time/Room:6:00pm - 7:00pm/Dilworth Room

I will review some theorems and conjectures about the structure of random permutations which arise in statistical mechanics. Conjectures about the cycle structure are related Bose-Einstein condensation and to universality of Wigner-Dyson statistics in random matrix theory.